The state of Oregon has a whole lot of sawdust, thanks to its logging industry and sawmills. Now, some of that biomass will be going to good use, providing power to18,000 homes, courtesy of Iberdola Renewables.
The new biomass plant–located approximately 90 miles east of Iberdrola Renewables’ existing Klamath Cogeneration Plant outside Lakeview, Oregon– will be a combined heat and power (cogeneration) facility, entirely air-cooled, reducing water use by more than 80 percent as compared to conventional cooling technology.
Collins Pine Company has agreed to provide fuel for the plant from a combination of logging and sawmill residuals, courtesy of its Fremont Sawmill, which stands directly adjacent to the biomass plant. Collins’ Lakeview forest operations in the area are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as consistent with their standards for forest management practices. (Which leads us to wonder, will this be the world’s first FSC-certified power plant?)
This looks like a win-win green energy deal for everyone involved, as Collins will also be purchasing the equivalent of two megawatts of steam from the project to run their lumber drying process more efficiently and with lower emissions. The Lakeview Biomass Cogeneration Plant is also expected to create more than 18 family-wage jobs on site, with related thinning and land management practices in the forest resulting in another 50+ jobs.
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