Georgia Power Seeking
50 MW Biomass Plant Bids
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 and solar sources. The move is also driven by forest economics: Georgia landowners had few places to sell the mountain of timber damaged by Hurricane Micheal in 2018, much of it salvageable only as boiler fuel. Georgia Power now purchases more than 335 megawatts of energy from 15 biomass producers, with most of the fuel coming from woody biomass. By comparison, Georgia Power is looking to add more than 2,200 MW of solar powered electricity in the near future.
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…
Enviva is expanding its footprint in the south once again through acquisitions—this time with the purchase of Georgia Biomass in Waycross, Ga., which was commissioned in April 2011, with associated export terminal capacity in Savannah, Ga. for $175 million in cash. The Waycross facility has an annual production capacity of 750,000 MTPY. This announcement comes after Enviva purchased the pellet plant in Greenwood, SC…
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