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Biomass in East Texas?

If you do not think that there is a movement beginning, you are wrong!

A little town very close to me here in deep East Texas, Lindale, has decided
they need to develop some opportunities to grow the city.  They are now working
with Decker Energy International, Inc., a Florida based privately held company,
to assist them in building a 35-50 megawatt wood-fired biomass power plant.
This plant will have 25 full time jobs.  Along with more jobs to build it. Yeah!

The proposed site is 43 acres that is currently owned by the Lindale Economic
Development Corporation (LEDC) which will also be part of the Lindale
Industrial Park.  This project will cost the city about $130 million.

They have already applied for a air quality permit from the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality.  This a lengthy process that takes a couple of
months as the commission will have to ascertain whether this project will
be detrimental to the health of the public.  The plant will be called
Lindale Renewable Energy.

The plant is part of a “green initiative” in that biomass energy provides
significant greenhouse gas benefits and is carbon neutral because no new
carbon is added to the active carbon cycle.

Wood chips would be used as fuel for an enclosed boiler to create steam,
which drives a steam turbine.  The wood used would come from construction,
demolition waste, forest residuals, and of course, storm damage.

According to Decker Energy, the use of waste wood products for fuel instead
of allowing them to decay in a landfill, on the forest floor, or on the
side of the road, helps reduce the quantities of methane production.

The plant will be able to supply 40,000 homes and that the electric co-ops
could purchase the energy without affecting the consumers electricity rates.

So far, there is no opposition to the proposed plant.  It will take approx.
1 year before ground can be broken.  And since NO COAL is involved with this
plant, there should be only steam coming from the pipes to be seen probably
on cold nights.

The grass roots movement of going green is alive and well in deep East Texas.


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No Responses to “Biomass in East Texas?”

  1. Diane Scott Says:

    This is great! Some place NOT waiting for the new adminstration 🙂 However, in the back of my brain, I always wonder, where will they find enough wood? Without tearing down trees? I’m sure I’m missing something, but I picture a campground stripped of wood on the ground by campers (as they eyeball the trees)…

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  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … Well, there is no worry up here. With all of the storms, trees are falling everywhere. Does not matter what kind. For instance, in the county I live in, we had over 46,000 cubic yards of trees from hurricane IKE. Being winter time, ice storms create wood debris as well. So no shortage!

  3. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Wow, this is great news. Now, we just need more places to jump on the bandwagon!

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  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … they are coming but it takes time.

  5. ToteNTots Says:

    Sometimes I feel we are so behind in Texas so it is great to hear about businesses that are going green or cleaning up their act.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi ToteNTots … Yes, sometimes Texas is very behind the curve. However, some have seen that going green is better not only for them but for the consumers as well.

  7. Barbara Swafford - Blogging Without A Blog Says:

    Hi Linda – Here in Oregon we have several companies that rely on biomass fuel. When we were in the business of wood recycling we sold many load of wood chips that were being used for that purpose. It was good to know we were doing something good for the environment. I hope it works in your state, too.

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  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … I am looking forward to it and I believe the state is as well.

  9. wilson Says:

    What an inspirational thought here, Linda and it sounds like a very good idea to available more jobs yet contribute to the greener world!

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  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … they are getting there but as with everything else, it will take about a year to see any progress.

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