– by Darren Fishell, May 5, 2017, Bangor Daily News
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Stored Solar, a biomass plant that qualified for taxpayer subsidies has been offline for more than a month as the company says it tries to retool its plans at the facility.
Company spokesman Dan Cashman last week said that a boiler leak and wood supply problems during the muddy late spring led the company to close the wood-to-energy plant and analyze their operations.
– January 18, 2016, Bioenergy Insight
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Energy-from-waste firm Covanta Energy Corp. has announced that it will soon close two of its seven US wood-fired biomass power plants.
The plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, Maine, towns that are roughly 110 miles apart.
Covanta plans to take the facilities offline by the end of March due to lower fossil fuel prices that have weakened demand for biomass energy, according to media reports.
Both of the 24.5MW plants began operations in 1987, and were acquired by Covanta in 2008. Each plant roughly processes 550 dry tons of biomass waste materials each day, and the resulting power has been sold to ISO-New England, a regional transmission organisation.
James Regan, a Covanta spokesman, told Biomass Magazine that the company would continue to evaluate the future of the facilities.