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New Biomass Plant brings more jobs to East Texas

It will have the capacity to produce 50 megawatts of renewable energy, and it's being built right here in East Texas.  The Lufkin Biomass Power Plant construction is underway.  Much of the energy will come from logging, wood produced right here in East Texas.

"We'll have the first operational Biomass Plant in the state, which is something that will never be taken away from us," said President of Aspen Power Danny Vines.  "It'll always be the first one that was built in Texas."  There's a new power plant in town and many are wanting to know the progress it's making.

"We've just about completed most of the dirt work associated with the project," said Vines.  "I've still got some additional leveling to do and a little bit additional birch to move, but we've gotten the majority of that accomplished, so things are moving forward quickly."  Now, the plant is making plans to start employing. 

"We're very excited about the construction of the boiler and getting it kicked off," said Vines.  "We're supposed to start the construction about the 15th of November.  That should create about 30 to 35 local jobs from a construction stand point."  And that's just one advantage of the power plant.  It will provide employment for at least 100 people once complete, and in tough economic times such as this the power plant may be just what Lufkin needs.

"The city of Lufkin did a economic impact study," said Vines.  "The plant contributes more than $265 million of economic impact for the city of Lufkin over the first ten years".  The plant itself will be the cleanest power producing merchant plant in the southern half of the U.S.

"Basically, it's 38 times cleaner than the standard plant that has been established by the Environment Protection Agency," said Vines.  The plant will not emit visible smoke.  It will also provide energy to east Texans at a lower cost than many of its competitors.

Kirby Gibbs, Reporting. kgibbs@ktre.com

 

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