Forest service seeking wood-to-energy project applications

Posted March 08, 2011, at 11:34 a.m.

AUGUSTA — The Maine Forest Service, under the Maine Department of Conservation, is requesting applications for shovel-ready, wood-to-energy conversion projects for funding through federal recovery-act funds.

Under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Wood to Energy Grants Program, $2.7 million will be available this round as grant funding for the installation of wood-energy boilers to all Maine public entities or parties with public buildings, including schools, hospitals, state, county, city, town and tribal governments.

So far, 11 grants have been awarded to schools, universities and medical centers across Maine for the installation of wood-energy boilers. The ARRA funding is expected to create and retain about 200 jobs throughout the state.First announced in August 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is providing the state of Maine with economic stimulus funds for job creation and the increased use of renewable energy. The Maine Department of Conservation has been designated by the USDA Forest Service to receive that portion of funding for which Maine is eligible. These are one-time funds that must be spent within two years.The Wood-to-Energy conversion project applications deadline is March 24, and the awards will be announced as soon as possible, according to state officials. The proposals must come from public institutions, rather than vendors, and must meet two basic criteria: The wood-to-energy projects must be shovel ready; and they must create or retain jobs.Applicants may register at the ARRA website to receive program updates. The request for applications and registration forms are available at http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/arra. For more information about the application, visit http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/arra/pages/rd_3_pre_application_info.htmlFor more information about the ARRA Public Building Wood-to-Energy Program, call Thomas C. Wood, MFS senior planner, at  287-3920 or e-mail wood2energy@maine.gov.

Computer classes

DAMARISCOTTA — Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St., is offering workshops and classes for those new to computers, those who want to brush up or enhance their skills or learn new job-search techniques. The classes are open to those of all generations and home-schooled students. Call 563-1363 to register for classes. The schedule is:

  1. Personalize Your Job Search, with Morgan Jamison, Workforce Solutions project administrator, 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10.
  1. Your New PC: The Basics with instructor Jim Skilling, 11 a.m. Thursday, March10. $5.
  2. Welcome to Windows with instructor Jim Skilling, 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24. $5.
  3. Personality and Interest Assessments with Morgan Jamison, Workforce Solutions project administrator 10 a.m. Thursday, March 24.

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