Maine PUC okays in-construction power plant as renewable resource

The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 30 approved an application from Athens Energy LLC for certification of its in-construction, biomass-fired facility as a Class I new renewable resource that is eligible to satisfy Maine’s renewable resource portfolio requirement.

This is a 7.1-MW biomass-fired facility located on the grounds of Maine Wood Pellet in Athens, Maine. The facility is expected to commence commercial operations in April 2016. It will be fueled by forest products such as green wood chips, bark, limbs, and tree tops and will not utilize any post-consumer waste.

A project contact is: Robert Linkletter, President, Athens Energy LLC, 164 Harmony Road, P.O. Box 120, Athens, Maine 04912.

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