A natural gas fired cogeneration power plant in New York state is being converted to run exclusively on a renewable source. Work has started to convert the 7 MW Laidlaw Energy Group plant so that it can run on wood chips to supply of electricity to the national grid as well as supplying heat and power to operate an on-site hardwood lumber dry kiln.
Aided by a $1m grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Laidlaw has completed the design and engineering for the project, procured the requisite equipment and entered into an agreement that provides for the fixed price construction of the project. The facility is expected to resume commercial operations midway through next year.
Is this a great sign of the times! Natural gas is just too expensive and too scarce to be used for power generation.
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