An army facility in New York will undergo a conversion from coal-fired power to biomass power as part of a project conceived to help the US Department of Defense meet renewable energy initiatives.
Last month ReEnergy Holdings LLC purchased the idled 60MW coal-fired facility at Fort Drum announcing an investment of $34 million to upgrade the plant. The facility has since been renamed ReEnergy Black River and is set to begin its operations in 2013.
“The biomass used at the Fort Drum location will come from local wood fuel managed lands that are subject to third-party certifications from organizations that include the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the American Tree Farm System,” an article published by Biomass Magazine reported.
When it’s up and running, the plant is expected to generate close to 400,000 megawatt hours per year, enough energy to power 50,000 homes. Fort Drum itself will get 100 per cent of its electricity needs for the biomass plant.
ReEnergy also hopes to staff the facility with citizens from the community, as well as veterans and spouses from the Fort Drum army installation, Biomass Magazine said.
This facility is the tenth biomass facility owned or operated by ReEnergy in the US.
In August 2011, the US Department of Energy established an initiative to address rising energy challenges and federal mandates.
“The Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army build resilience through renewable energy while streamlining our business practices so developers can invest in and build an economically viable, large-scale renewable energy infrastructure,” said John McHugh, secretary of the army. “To meet a goal of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025, the Army must use every opportunity to be energy efficient and draw power from alternative and/or renewable energy sources.”
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