Confluence Energy Powering Colorado’s Future With Diversity

The process of creating bio-based products begins deep in the forest-filled mountains of Northwest Colorado, at the end of recently abandoned logging roads and somewhere in the 20-foot-plus-high piles of twisted limbs, logs and tree parts left behind by logging companies that have taken what they can use. This is where Mike Shearer, operations manager […]

The process of creating bio-based products begins deep in the forest-filled mountains of Northwest Colorado, at the end of recently abandoned logging roads and somewhere in the 20-foot-plus-high piles of twisted limbs, logs and tree parts left behind by logging companies that have taken what they can use.

This is where Mike Shearer, operations manager for Confluence Energy, finds exactly what he is seeking: raw biomaterial that his company will transform into products used in homes, on oil fields and ranches across the country.

His job begins where the sawmills and loggers stop. His mission is to take the material they throw away at the end of the day and turn it into a profit that can drive communities like Walden and Kremmling. His job is to make the most of the devastation left behind by miles and miles of beetle-killed forests in Colorado and Wyoming.

At the end of the road Shearer is traveling, you will find crew-operated excavators that feed logs and wood waste into an industrial-sized chipper that turns the material into a constantly flowing river of material, which then is loaded directly onto trucks and taken to a wood-processing plant in Kremmling owned by Confluence Energy.

The company recently signed a 10-year deal to clean up after loggers cutting beetle-killed lodgepole pines in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. A plant in Walden also will be added to the effort as the process moves north of the Colorado border into Wyoming.

From Steamboat Today: http://www.steamboattoday.com/news/2014/aug/03/confluence-energy-powering-future-diversity/

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