Klamath Falls Biomass Plant Gets Much Needed Approval

Northwest Energy Systems is planning two Oregon biomass plants, and it’s proposed $150 million Klamath Falls plant won a key approval in early July, putting it closer to breaking ground later this year. The Bellevue, Wash. based company said that the state Department of Energy declared its site certificate application for the 40-megawatt plant complete, […]

Northwest Energy Systems is planning two Oregon biomass plants, and it’s proposed $150 million Klamath Falls plant won a key approval in early July, putting it closer to breaking ground later this year. The Bellevue, Wash. based company said that the state Department of Energy declared its site certificate application for the 40-megawatt plant complete, and the project’s air quality permit has already been approved by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The completed site certificate application has prompted the Department of Energy to ask for comments from various public officials and regulatory agencies. The department also began a 30-day public comment period on July 13 and a public meeting is scheduled for July 27 at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls to discuss the project.

The next step in the process is for the Department of Energy to send their findings and recommendations to the state’s Energy Facilities Siting Council, who would ultimately make a final decision on the project. The company has hopes that construction will begin sometime late this year.

The other proposed plant will also be a $150 million, 40-megawatt facility located near Warm Springs in central Oregon. Both projects, each of which would provide enough electricity to power 35,000 homes, are scheduled to be operating by the end of 2013.

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