This week in regional energy news …
- Augusta, Me.’s elementary schools will be heated with natural gas beginning November 2014, reducing their heating costs and allowing the schools to eliminate three 20-year-old boilers.
- National Grid is looking to purchase power produced by First Wind’s Bowers Mountain wind project for use by National Grid’s southern New England customers. Bowers is awaiting permitting approval from the Maine DEP.
- On Nov. 5 South Portland voters will face a controversial referendum question concerning the use of the Portland-Montreal pipeline that travels through the city. The referendum question was intended to ban the transportation of tar sands oil through the pipeline, but it has been criticized as too broadly written, putting businesses beyond the pipeline itself at risk.
- The Brayton Point coal-powered generating station in Somerset, Mass., will be shut down in May 2017. Brayton Point was sold to new owners only months ago.
- Houston-based EDP Renewables North America LLC is seeking to build New England’s largest wind project in southern Aroostook County.
- First Wind, best known for its wind projects, has commenced construction of solar developments in Warren and Millbury, Mass.