Colorado agency readies air permit for Eagle Valley biomass project

The Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is seeking public comment until Sept. 28 on an application for an air pollution emission permit for Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC’s biomass-fired power project in Eagle County, Colo.

Eagle Valley Clean Energy proposes to construct and operate a wood-fired power generation facility which could produce up to 11.5 MW (gross). The facility has the potential to emit (PTE) of 963 tons of particulate matter per year. The draft permit has limitations that will reduce emissions to 19.28 tons per year of particulate matter. Since this source has the potential to emit greater than 250 tons per year of particulate matter, but is willing to accept limits to bring the emissions below 250 tons per year, this source is considered to be a synthetic minor source for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) as such, this permit is subject to public comment, the agency noted.

The so-called Gypsum Biomass Power Project would consist of one Wellons wood-fired boiler, rated at 176 MMBtu per hour. Particulate emissions would be controlled by a combination of cyclone and electrostatic precipitator, and NOx emissions would controlled by selective non-catalytic reduction.

The company sent a March 13 letter to the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners expressing interest in taking wood waste from a county landfill. Attached to the letter was a presentation about the project that said electricity would be generated for Holy Cross Energy. It said ground-breaking was expected in mid 2012, with completion in late 2013.

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