Arizona’s Salt River Project To Test Burning Forest Debris At Coal Plant

Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Ariz., to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds. CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass […]

Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Ariz., to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds. CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass at the plant over a 20-day period beginning in the fall or early winter.

Biomass will be only used on a very limited scale at CGS for this test burn – the first of its kind in Arizona in which forest debris will be co-burned with coal – and this limited project will not require any permanent modifications to the power plant.

The test burn will help SRP understand whether some of the technical challenges of burning forest waste at a sophisticated coal-fired facility can be adequately addressed. In the forest-restoration process, large trees are harvested, leaving behind tons of low-value woody biomass that would otherwise be placed in large piles and burned – and often creating emissions and smoke for local residents.

“While there are many hurdles to overcome, if we are successful in making CGS a potential receiver of forest-clearing materials, it would provide significant assistance to keeping our forests healthy while reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” said SRP Chief Water Resources Executive Dave Roberts.

Forest waste is not a fuel of choice for utilities because it is less efficient in producing heat to generate electricity, is generally more expensive than traditional resources and could adversely impact vital equipment such as the plant’s boiler or fuel-delivery lines. Roberts said that if the test is successful, the potential positive impact on Arizona’s forests could outweigh the challenges associated with burning tree and brush clippings at CGS.

From Prescott eNews: http://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/28018-srp-to-test-burning-forest-debris-at-coal-plant

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