© 2024 Maine Public
1450 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, ME 04240

Maine Public Membership Department
63 Texas Ave.
Bangor, ME 04401

Portland Office
323 Marginal Way
Portland, ME 04101

Registered 501(c)(3) EIN: 22-3171529
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Scroll down to see all available streams.

Maine Biomass Energy Company Files Breach Of Contract Complaint Against KMW Energy

A Maine biomass energy company has filed a breach of contract complaint in federal court against Canadian-based KMW Energy.

The complaint alleges that a faulty steam turbine KMW delivered two and a half years ago to Georges River Energy (GRE) in Searsmont will cost it in excess of $10 million.

“It doesn't produce the power it is supposed to, and it consumes more fuel than it should, and it is prone to breaking down so that it is basically not reliable in the short term or the long term,” says Attorney Robert Ruesch, who is representing Georges River Energy, which is affiliated with Robbins Lumber Company.

In the complaint GRE says it's had to continue operating both its existing biomass system and the new one, greatly increasing operating costs. Because KMW is insolvent, GRE is demanding that the Canadian firm's insurance company replace the faulty turbine and pay damages.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.