Woody Biomass Pilot Program Cleans Up Colorado Springs’ Energy Production

When you think of renewable energy, solar and wind are likely the first to come to mind. But, at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, wood chips are being turned to fuel, and they say it’s one of the most reliable forms of green power. Fort Carson has partnered with Colorado Springs Utilities […]

When you think of renewable energy, solar and wind are likely the first to come to mind. But, at the Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs, wood chips are being turned to fuel, and they say it’s one of the most reliable forms of green power.

Fort Carson has partnered with Colorado Springs Utilities on their “Woody Biomass” project, to trade natural wood waste like pallets, or used lumber for the energy Drake can create.

It’s a win-win, according to Project Manager Terry Meikle; Fort Carson gets renewable energy credit toward becoming a Net Zero Energy Installation, and Meikle gets to study the successes of woody biomass in Drake’s system.

So how does it work? Each day, Rocky Top Resources delivers 50-60 tons of wood chips they’ve ground down and cleaned of any nails or non-wood product. Some of the wood is coming from Fort Carson, but even more is being ground from the trees burned in the Black Forest Fire, and leftovers from builders and tree trimmers.

The chips of wood are pulled on a conveyer belt, where they’re mixed in with coal. It’s currently only 8% wood in the mix, but it makes a difference in the end.

From Fox 21 News: http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1031388#.U07r9sdqlWt

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