University Of Maine Designated As A Combined Heat And Power Assistance Center

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ORONO, Maine (WABI) - Nearly $2,000,000 is coming to the University of Maine system from the U.S. Government.

It's from the Department of Energy.

The funding aims to advance the installation of cost-effective and highly efficient combined heat and power technologies.

The goal is to use Maine's natural resources while bolstering the forest products industry and helping create jobs.

"We live in a state with high energy costs and this project will help businesses in Maine, and also other institutions such as hospitals to look at ways where they can reduce energy costs, use their energy more effectively, and also improve their energy reliability," said David Dvorak, UMaine Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The funding will be disbursed over five years to eight new entities in the northeast, including the University of Maine.