The largest biomass facility in the US will soon go live in Texas

by admin on November 15, 2011

Southern Company has attained the first feedstock shipment for its brand new biomass facility in East Texas.  With this announcement Southern Company will make a move closer to increasing its market presence into Texas. The Nacogdoches Generating Facility, that’s owned by Southern Power, one of the Southern Co.’s subsidiaries, will mark a couple of firsts for the Georgia-based energy company.

Southern Power, which refers to itself as amongst the most significant wholesale electric providers in the Southeast, commands a 7,500 MW generation potential. The Nacogdoches location will not only be the company’s initial plant to utilize renewable feedstock but also the first to use anything other than natural gas to generate electricity.

Situated in Sacul, the energy plant will represent the biggest biomass facility in the United States once it is operational in 2012. Nacogdoches will annually convert as much as one million tons of wood waste including forest residue, wood processing residues and municipal wood waste, into 100 MW of electrical power.

All the electrical output by the new electricity facility is going to be sold to publicly-owned energy provider Austin Energy by means of a 20-year electricity purchase agreement. This contract supports Austin Energy as it works toward compliance with the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring that Texas source 5,880 MW from renewables by 2015.

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Mark B00th November 16, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Is biomass really a good source for electricity?

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