Enviva Pellet Plant Receives Thumbs Up
Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, reports that the Alabama Dept. of Environmental Management (ADEM) approved a permit allowing Enviva to construct a wood pellet facility in Sumter County. This permit paves the way for 85 full-time jobs and an estimated 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation and local services, as well as the creation of 300-400 jobs during construction of the plant. The facility will be located at the Port of Epes Industrial Park and represents an initial investment of $175 million and an expected annual economic impact in the region of approximately $180 million.
Enviva Chairman & CEO John Keppler comments, “The decision by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is not just about a new wood pellet plant in Sumter County, because Enviva is more than that. More than a wood pellet plant, we will be a good neighbor and community partner you can count on for a long time to come.”
Georgia’s Public Service Commission recently voted to allow major utility Georgia Power to solicit bids for a new 50MW biomass-powered power plant. The move is part of a Georgia Power effort to purchase more energy from a variety of sources as the company seeks to retire some of its older power generating facilities. In addition to biomass, the utility is also looking at streams turbine, battery energy storage…
The owner of Cousineau Forest Products, Randy Cousineau, says the company is rebuilding after a late May fire at its wood processing facility in Henniker, NH. According to Cousineau, the fire caused $500,000 in damages at the plant that produces playground surfacing materials, biomass fuel, chips and bark mulch. The facility has brought in mobile equipment to continue some operations during a rebuild that’s complicated…
Brunette Machinery Co. Inc. announced that Kirk Forbes has concluded the purchase of shares from his business partners and is now the sole owner of Brunette, which is celebrating more than 75 years in supplying the wood products business…
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