Permission granted to Kentucky biomass plant
The refinery, which will generate 50MW of electricity from burning waste wood and logs, was approved by the Kentucky State Board on Electric Generation and Transmission Siting, after disruptive factors such as noise levels and aesthetics, as well as effects to Kentucky’s electric grid were taken into consideration.
The plant will begin construction by the end of this year and could be completed by 2012.
Due be built on a 125-acre site in northern Hazard, the plant will produce enough electricity to power 30,000 homes, as well as create 200 part time jobs and 40 full time jobs.
Known as a ‘merchant’ plant, EcoPower Generation’s refinery would sell its power to other companies rather than supplying it to individual homes.
'Our vision of being the leading generator of clean, renewable bioenergy in Kentucky is now one step closer to reality,' said the executive chairman and founder of ecoPower Generation Richard Sturgill. 'We will create new jobs as well as enhance and support the current workforce in place using a renewable, Kentucky-grown resource. This approval is an important step in a long process.'