Title

"Focus on the Environment" piece on a coalition that includes Peter Arnold, rene

Source

Mainebiz

Date

6-21-2004

Pages

24-26

Abstract

"Focus on the Environment" piece on a coalition that includes Peter Arnold, renewable energy coordinator at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset; Joel Glatz, president of Frontier Energy of South China, the state's largest dealer of biofuel; the University of Maine; and others who hope to draw a large-scale biofuel production facility to Maine. A feasibility study financed by the consortium determined that conditional on the demand for biofuel in the state, the idea showed promise. The Legislature passed a bill providing a 5-cent-per-gallon tax credit for biofuel, aiding the effort. L.L. Bean uses biofuel in some of its trucks and biofuel heats the Blaine House. The consortium believes a plant could successfully use waste oil and soybean oil from Maine-grown soybeans to produce biofuel, which is more expensive than regular fuel. It burns cleanly, is made from renewable resources, and might be sold more cheaply if made in Maine.

Subjects

Biomass energy

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