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Maine senators move to reauthorize the DOE's combined heat, power program

Dave Kovaleski, Daily Energy Insider Summary Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced legislation last week seeking to reauthorize and fund the Department of Energy’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next five years. ...


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Maine National Guard Combined Heat and Power Four Years Later

Dennis Bohannon, Defense Visual Information Distribution Service Summary The Maine National Guard project came online four years ago, and the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system provides energy resilience and enhances Army readiness to directly support the warfighter. CHP, or cogeneration...


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University moves forward with renewable energy plan

Emily Turner, Maine Campus Summary On March 25, the University of Maine System board of trustees authorized the spending of up to $5.7 million to continue negotiations for a plan to shift the Orono campus from use of fossil fuels to renewable energy. This is the second phase of...


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Reducing energy costs focus of workshop

CentralMaine.com Summary AUGUSTA — Helping Maine businesses explore the benefits of installing combined heat and power systems to reduce energy costs is the focus of a workshop scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine at Augusta, 46...


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Maine lawmakers try again to get the state's microgrid law right

Bill Opalka, Energy News Network Summary Amid complaints that the state’s current law is unworkable, legislators revive a vetoed bill under a new governor. Maine lawmakers are trying again after a veto last year to fix a microgrid law that critics say make the projects unworkable in the...


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Bates College: Campus Construction Update

Doug Hubley, Bates College The round green panels are the locations of the two Renewable Fuel Oil burners in the campus steam plant. The first burner was installed on Boiler No. 1, at left, two years ago. The second, on Boiler No. 2, just went into service. Photo: Doug Hubley/Bates College ...


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Penquis Valley facility upgrade referendum March 14

Stuart Hedstrom, The Piscataquis Observer Summary MILO — Nearly a year after residents of the four SAD 41 communities voted down a referendum on an approximate $2.3 million funding package for a heating system upgrade, converting from steam to hot water, and energy efficiency project at the...


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New UMaine energy proposal calls for biomass, solar

Tux Turkel, Press Herald Summary The University of Maine in Orono would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the university system and Honeywell...


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Collins, King Urge Senate Finance Committee to Include BTU Act in Tax Extender Legislation

Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King wrote to the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, urging them to include language from the Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act in any tax extender legislation. The BTU Act is bipartisan, bicameral legislation that...

Collins-King BTU Act letter to Finance.pdf


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Progressive candidates are embracing clean energy as a campaign issue

Joe Romm, Think Progress Summary Rebecca Otto, Minnesota State Auditor and Candidate for Governor in the Democratic Primary, on the roof of her clean energy home. Credit: Shawn Otto If Trump isn't going to do the right thing, "we're going to have to do it at the governor's level." ...