Agreement Could Bring Biomass Plants to NW
Seattle Times, February 19, 2009
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Richland-based Energy Northwest and a private energy company hope to develop several biomass power plants in the Northwest.
Energy Northwest and Adage, a joint venture between Duke Energy and France's Areva, say the plants would convert wood waste from the timber industry into electricity and could operate as early as 2012. The companies signed a preliminary agreement Wednesday.
Each plant would generate about 50 megawatts of electricity, or enough to supply 40,000 households in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The plan is to build at least one biomass power plant in each of those states.
Electricity from wood waste would be delivered by Energy Northwest to the consortium's 24 member utilities.
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