Montana Schools Weighing Biomass Plant Proposal

The Libby School District is looking toward the future with a proposed energy-efficient and cost-effective biomass plant. In a series of meetings, the district has been speaking with area officials and energy experts to further understand the benefits, costs and hurdles that a proposed biomass plant has to offer the district. “Its at the early […]

The Libby School District is looking toward the future with a proposed energy-efficient and cost-effective biomass plant. In a series of meetings, the district has been speaking with area officials and energy experts to further understand the benefits, costs and hurdles that a proposed biomass plant has to offer the district.

“Its at the early stages of discussion. If there’s a way we can do it, I think it’s a good deal,” Superintendent of Libby Schools Craig Barringer said. “We have available resources, they’re cheap to get, but we have to see if it’s feasible.”

On Aug. 23, officials from Libby Public Schools, the U.S. Forest Service, City Buildings and Grounds, Johnson Controls and the Lincoln County Health Department met to discuss the biomass plant and some of the hurdles that come with it, including the risk of a large investment, the effects on air quality, state, county and city laws and the logistics in constructing the plant. Johnson Controls, a multinational conglomerate that produces automotive interiors, HVAC equipment and controls and manufactures batteries, is helping with the new biomass plant in Libby.

Nate Gassmann of the Forest Service sat in on the meeting, advocating for the biomass plant. “This seems like a very good thing to have going forward,” Gassmann said during the meeting. “The Libby Loggers should be able to invest in themselves, and the idea with the fuels program was to be a success point for that. That was the desire, to make that a reality for everyone in town. If Troy can do it, we can do it here. I think that we do have some hurdles to get over, and they’re hurdles but they’re not lost opportunities.”

Gassmann said that the Forest Service would provide the biomass. According to Gassmann, the Forest Service wants to add to the benefit by selling leftover material from piles and timber sales to the schools.

From The Western News: http://www.thewesternnews.com/news/libby-schools-weighing-biomass-plant-proposal/article_5888d000-6ecf-11e6-8604-230d100a7dfe.html

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