New Mexico Power Plant Could Use Forest Biomass As Energy Source

News that a power generation plant is planned in Otero County that could use a mixture of forest debris, manure and sewage sludge as its fuel source pumped up the enthusiasm of Ruidoso Forestry Committee members. In June, the Air Force selected New Generation Biomass LLC, based in Chicago, to develop a renewable energy project […]

News that a power generation plant is planned in Otero County that could use a mixture of forest debris, manure and sewage sludge as its fuel source pumped up the enthusiasm of Ruidoso Forestry Committee members.

In June, the Air Force selected New Generation Biomass LLC, based in Chicago, to develop a renewable energy project at Holloman Air Force Base in neighboring Otero County that will use wood waste to create power for commercial use. The company listed 15 projects on its website including one in Willard, N.M., two in Arizona, two in California and one in Texas.

But Eddie Tudor, Resource Management Bureau chief of the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Forestry Division, tamped down the fervor a bit at the committee meeting last week by cautioning that while he’s a proponent of figuring out how to do more with biomass, “At this point, power companies like (the Public Service Company of New Mexico) can find less expensive sources of fuel than green.”

Committee member Van Patton, owner of Sierra Contracting, which handles much of the forest debris from Ruidoso, said he’s sitting on a mountain of mulch. “We’re trying to figure out how to keep this thing going,” he said. “I contacted New Generations and he tells me they’re going to have a plant open in about one year. My goal is can we get anything for (this material) and then I can pass (the savings) along to the village.”

From The Ruidoso News: http://www.ruidosonews.com/ruidoso-breaking_news/ci_21336309/power-plant-could-use-forest-material-energy-source

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