TRENTON — Acadia Fuel’s plan to save time and money by installing fuel tanks on Route 3 may meet with public resistance, town officials indicated last week.
Acadia Fuel has applied for a conditional use permit to install a bulk plant for the storage and distribution of heating oil, kerosene and diesel fuel at 711 Bar Harbor Road.
“I’ve got concerns about the location, I’m just going to put that out there,” said Planning Board member Dave Rand. “You’re really going to have to sell it to me.”
Tom Schwarm, president of consulting firm Acadia Environmental Technology, told the board March 14 that a bulk plant would help Acadia Fuel remain viable in the competitive home heating oil market.
“Sales volumes have decreased because of warmer winters, higher oil prices and energy efficiency,” states the permit application. “To remain competitive in this market, Acadia Fuel must become more efficient.”
Paying less for fuel and logging fewer miles on the road would achieve that efficiency.
Acadia Fuel now pays a higher price for fuel at the Dead River Co. bulk plant in Ellsworth than it would at Irving Oil in Searsport. There is also a wait at the pumps.
“The larger issue is driving to get the fuel and get back,” Schwarm said.