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U.S.’s largest biomass facility converting wood waste to power in Texas

U.S.’s largest biomass facility converting wood waste to power in Texas
Plant is fueled by non-merchantable wood waste

Everything is bigger in Texas, where America’s largest biomass plant is now contributing clean energy to the grid.

The Nacogdoches Generating Facility near Sacul, Nacogdoches County has begun commercial operations. The 100-megawatt biomass-fueled facility provides enough power for the needs of approximately 60,000 homes.

The plant is fueled by non-merchantable wood waste, a combination of wood-based biomass consisting mainly of saw mill or other wood mill production waste, forest waste, pre-commercial thinning of cultivated trees, and diseased and other non-commercial tree species.

Energy from the plant goes to Austin Energy under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The plant is owned and operated by Southern Power, a subsidiary of energy company Southern Company. Southern Power acquired the project form American Renewables, L.L.C. in October, 2009, beginning construction on the plant in November that same year.

"Today we recognize Southern Company's on-time, on-budget completion of the nation's largest biomass-fueled power plant," said Southern Company president, chairman and chief executive Thomas A. Fanning during the opening ceremonies.

Mr. Fanning added that the plant will provide jobs and economic impact for Nacogdoches County and will further diversify the fuel portfolios of Austin Energy and Southern Company.

For the local community, the plant represents a capital investment of about $500 million. The plant will deliver $58 million in taxes to the county and direct and indirect job impact of around $5.1 million a year.

Construction of the plant created more than 1,000 jobs while the plant’s operation creates 40 permanent positions. – EcoSeed Staff



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