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March 13, 2017

Searsmont lumber firm to become an energy producer

The loss of pulp markets for woodchips produced at its 136-year-old sawmill in Searsmont is prompting Robbins Lumber to invest in a biomass plant that can convert that waste wood into energy.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the company is building a $36 million, 8.5 megawatt biomass plant that would sell the energy it produces to Central Maine Power.

The newspaper reported that the company reached a 20-year purchase agreement with CMP for electricity produced at the biomass plant, which will require additional biomass fuel from local log suppliers to run at maximum efficiency.

The project has been approved by the local planning board and is awaiting a final OK from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the newspaper reported.

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