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New Program Aimed at Increasing Production of Renewable Energy 

A new program aimed at increasing production of renewable energy is taking off in Maine.That’s good news for a Lincoln business.And, as Meghan Hayward tells us, it’s expected to become even bigger.The Lincoln Paper and Tissue Mill is the first facility in Maine to qualify for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program, under the Farm Service Agency.”It allows people or owners of biomass material a way to financially gain by improving or assisting the development and future expansion of biomass production and fuels.”The Lincoln Mill expects good things from the BCAP program.”For us, it may just allow us access to a little more biomass material that would be competitively priced.”In May, President Obama ordered more investment and production of biofuels.A month later, the program was approved. “It’s going to be a huge investment in the State of Maine. We anticipate this program is going to be huge for the U.S. We’re being told the money is pretty open as far as availability for funding this.”Eligible material owners can receive matching payments for delivery to the Lincoln Mill, and eventually other qualified facilities.The payments can last up to two years.”So it should be huge for the local suppliers. It’s a direct money infusion that goes directly to them and it will greatly help the biomass production, refuel the state and hopefully the country.”The Maine Farm Service Agency has about ten other facilities in their system right now, expecting to approve five or six of those in the next week.Maine is the first state to get involved in the program on such a large scale and the Lincoln Mill is happy to be the pioneer facility.”This does make good business sense we think. And there’s little downsize risk so it’s good to be a leader in this thing.For more information on the BCAP program go to their website www.fsa.usda.gov.