Officials plan biomass tour

14 years ago

Officials plan biomass tour

By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

ASHLAND — Biomass production and how it factors into today’s economy will be the focus of a tour next week of several Ashland mills.
“The Mobilize Northern Maine (MNM) Biomass Action Team for Wood Supply will be conducting a tour of facilities in the Ashland area on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will consist of visiting the Seven Island Chipping Operation, Boralex energy facility and Maine Woods Company — and possibly Northeast Pellets,” said Walt Elish, president and CEO of Aroostook Partnership for Progress and administrator for Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development.
MNM is an economic development initiative that builds on the strengths and unique assets of the region.
“Current biomass boiler operators will be available to answer questions and relay their experience to participants. Information related to the purchasing of ‘hog’ fuel, wood chips and pellets will also be available,” said Elish.
“Hog fuel is a term we use for any type of biomass product used for fuel,” explained Bill Greaves, regional ranger, Maine Forest Service.
The tour will begin 9 a.m. in the conference room at the Department of Conservation facility, 45 Radar Rd., Ashland. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are necessary, so RSVP by Friday, Nov. 26, to Greaves by e-mailing: bill.greaves@maine.gov or call 435-7963, ext. 202.