DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Pleasant River Lumber, a Dover-Foxcroft based company with operations there and in Hancock, was recently awarded a $160,000 grant to purchase and install a biomass boiler for one of its sawmills.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Rural Energy for America Program,” and will reduce the sawmill’s use of fossil fuels by 100 percent, according to a news release from U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud.

“This funding will help save the company money and allow more of their investments to go straight into their business,” Michaud wrote. “This program has helped a number of Maine businesses convert to more efficient energy systems, improving their ability to grow and create jobs.”

According to the USDA, the Rural Energy for America Program has provided more than $1 million in funding to Maine, which has supported over 747 jobs, over the last two years. Michaud introduced a bill this summer to reauthorize the program and is working to include it in the final version of the Farm Bill.

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Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and,...