Wisconsin Power Plant To Run On State’s Biomass

At the newest power plant in Wisconsin, fuel will come from close to home. Unlike coal, which is brought in by train from Wyoming and Appalachia, biomass will be culled from the sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin. Most of the waste wood that will supply the $268 million We Energies and Domtar power plant […]

At the newest power plant in Wisconsin, fuel will come from close to home. Unlike coal, which is brought in by train from Wyoming and Appalachia, biomass will be culled from the sawmills and forests of northern Wisconsin.

Most of the waste wood that will supply the $268 million We Energies and Domtar power plant will come from within 75 miles of Rothschild, said Jim Freiberg of Domtar. The plant, which will provide electricity for We Energies and steam for Domtar’s paper mill, will burn wood waste from sawmills and pulp mills as well as leftover wood removed from the forest floor after logging operations.

We Energies and Domtar Corp. executives joined then-Gov. Jim Doyle in announcing the project four years ago. At the time, Doyle touted the project as another step toward his goal of the state generating 25% of its power from renewable sources by 2025.

The 2010 election meant that policy goal won’t be pursued, as the administration of Gov. Scott Walker stresses affordability and reliability of energy over environmental attributes.

To We Energies, the biomass power plant will add a new dimension to its renewable energy, as the plant will generate energy around the clock, unlike intermittent green energy sources such as solar and wind power. Construction of the project is nearly complete and testing of the generator is taking place.

From JSOnline: http://www.jsonline.com/business/power-plant-to-run-on-wisconsin-biomass-b9985790z1-221960911.html

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