This week in regional energy news …
- Summit Natural Gas and Maine Natural Gas submitted proposals in response to the state’s requests for bids for natural gas service to state facilities. Natural gas facility installation work continues in the Augusta area. The City of Gardiner proposes heating its wastewater treatment plant with natural gas, and is researching options to fund the conversion.
- First Wind has appealed the Maine DEP’s denial of a permit for the Bowers Mountain wind project.
- Lewiston-Auburn’s water treatment plant will now produce power with methane-burning generators, making the plant more efficient. The ribbon-cutting will occur Sept. 9.
- Franklin County’s Kibby wind turbine tax-increment financing (or, TIF) district is providing funding for county initiatives such as promotion of tourism and providing scholarships to residents to enhance employment skills.