Press Herald reports on new UMaine energy proposal

The Portland Press Herald reported on the University of Maine’s new energy proposal that calls for biomass and solar. UMaine would get much of its heat and electricity from an on-campus Renewable Energy Center fueled by locally harvested wood and a huge solar array, according to a plan being negotiated by the University of Maine System and Honeywell International. The new central heating and power plant could be a “living laboratory” for the school’s forestry and engineering students, and showcase UMaine’s emerging interest in sustainability solutions and technologies under the Honeywell plan, the article states. The energy system conversion is being driven in part by UMaine’s goals of drastically cutting emissions associated with climate change. It seeks to virtually eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, the Press Herald reported.