The fall in margin was driven by an increase in consumption that was not matched by sufficient new operating plants, as well as more extreme weather conditions. These included record-breaking high temperatures in the summer of 2005 – which led to a much greater demand for air conditioning systems across Europe – and severe cold spells and low rainfall in Spain and France.

The entire electrical power and steam heating needs of a 500-bed regional hospital, which serves northern Maine and adjacent regions, are to be supplied by a new, 4.5 MWe cogeneration plant completed and commissioned on-site by Vanderweil Engineers’ Power Group and Cianbro Construction. The Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) is located in Bangor, Maine, US.