Monday, December 21, 2009

The Maine roundup:

Sunday River Ski Resort turns 50 years old this weekend.

USDA's Farm Services Agency makes yet another announcement about BCAP -- the "biomass crop assistance program", which makes matching payments to owners and handlers of eligible biomass (sustainably harvested, mostly) making deliveries to registered processors. This time they're "announcing" $150 million in funding to Maine -- which isn't new, but is exciting all the same.

In the continuing battle between aesthetics and our need for infrastructure, US Customs and Border Protection scrapped its plans to install an 80' communications tower on Cadillac Mountain, the highest and most popular point in Acadia National Park.

Industrial shutdowns: Symmetry Medical Inc. has announced that it close its Auburn, Maine manufacturing facility to cut costs. Symmetry plans to transfer the production equipment to its other facilities. Rockland, ME seafood processor Oak Island Seafood has also laid off its 20-person workforce and is ceasing operations.

German utility E.ON is considering a wind farm in eastern Indiana, and recently met with landowners to dangle the prospect of lease payments of $7,000 to $9,000 per turbine.

Federal news:
FERC (and every other DC agency) is closed today due to the snowstorm.

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