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Austin Building Nation’s Largest Wood-Waste Biomass Plant

Austin is building a biomass plant, and in traditional Texas fashion, it’s huge. The city of Austin approved a $2.3 billion purchasing agreement to buy all the energy produced by a 100 MW facility that will be up and running sometime around 2012 in Sacul, Texas. 100 MW is pretty dang big, beating out Hawaii’s biomass plant by 76 MW.

The plant will utilize wood waste from logging and mill operations, urban tree trimming and shipping pallets. But there’s a bit of a catch that may throw a wrench in the works before the 20-year purchase agreement is up. The plant is going to levitra for sale usa require about a million tons of fuel per year, which is fine since there are about 2 million tons available within a 75 mile radius of the plant. However, there are other folks who want to start similar plants, and so there may not be enough local wood waste to go around. This plant might end up putting a cap on the number of similar plants that can be built, or there might be some issues coming up regarding access to wood waste.

As far as the burning of wood waste goes, the plant plans to be carbon neutral since the amount of carbon released is balanced by the carbon sequestered by trees that are growing…so they say. There are some logistical details about that fact I’m curious to find out about.

The cost of Austin Energy’s purchase is going to be off-set by the projection that natural gas will be more expensive by the time the plant is online, so customers may ultimately save a little money. We’ll see how all this works out, but Texas is order tramadol with no presecription definitely an interesting place to keep an eye on as far as renewable power is concerned.

Via Ecolocalizer; photo via tfarrell

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written by Carolyn, September 09, 2008
It's funny to me that everyone who reports on viagra canada no prescription this massive biomass plant refers only to the supply side of fuel. There is an existing demand side of that fuel, and at least 2/3 of the supply of mill residue is already locked up with forest products biomass power plants already in use. As for carbon credits, someone should calculate the diesel emissions for trucking wood debris over 100 miles from the plant. The reported radius for fuel for the plant is AIR MILES not ROAD MILES.
written by MarkR, September 09, 2008

You make me smile :) because you are so correct. and I don't consider anything green about biomass plants. I hear Biomass power plant and my first thought is the parallel scam called "clean coal." What a bunch of B.S. Maybe that's what they should burn? B.S.

written by Mauibrad, April 10, 2012
Biomass unsafe, unhealthy and expensive But @TheLeeTeam & @CouncilManMike approved $2.3 Billion for it anyway. smilies/sad.gif

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