Two Maine bioenergy plants closing
January 11, 2016 – The biomass and forest industries in central Maine has taken a hit with the announcement that Covanta Holding Corp. will close two biomass plants in the coming months.
According to an article in the Portland Press Herald, the company will take its two plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro offline by the end of March. The company is citing current low energy prices as the cause for the closures.
The two plants are responsible for approximately 24.5 MW hours of electricity, enough power to meet the demands of 50,000 homes.
The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine has estimated that the closures could impact up to 2,500 jobs in the state, as the logging industry has been supplying the two plants with low-value fibre and forestry residues for years. The PLC is unsure whether or not those fibres will be in demand elsewhere in the region.
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