Oregon home to new biomass plant

Following the closure of a number of sawmills throughout Lake County, Oregon, US, a new biomass plant is being developed for the region.

Planned to be built alongside the country’s last remaining sawmill, the project will be Iberdrola Renewables’ first fully owned and operated biomass power plant.

Renewable energy company Iberdrola Renewables received a $1.7 million (€1.3 million) Recovery Act grant to develop the cogeneration power plant, which will convert biomass into 24MW of energy. The electricity produced will then be sold to nearby utilities.

In addition to the existing jobs the build will create a further 20 new jobs within the plant and 50 more in the forest.

Brad Winters, Lake County commissioner, said: ‘There have been so many things that it has been contingent upon tax credits, land use and so on. We’ve known it would be a huge, huge project to land here and so beneficial to Lake County – the jobs, the whole works associated with it.’

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