FERC grants QF status to in-construction biomass plant in Colorado

On Oct. 23, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted qualifying facility (QF) status for Eagle Valley Clean Energy LLC for an 11.3-MW biomass project in Colorado.

Eagle Valley Clean Energy had filed a Form 556 application seeking commission certification the facility as a small power production QF under commission regulations and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

Eagle Valley stated that the facility will be an approximate 11.3 MW (net) capacity biomass QF located in Gypsum, Colo. The energy input will be from the combustion of forest residual materials, primarily from beetle killed lodgepole pine stands and some urban wood materials. A Wellons wood-fired boiler will be used to produce steam to drive a Siemens turbine-generator that generates the electrical energy to be sold to Holy Cross Energy, a local cooperative utility. Eagle Valley also said that the facility will include water treatment, pollution control and other miscellaneous equipment.

Eagle Valley’s 11.3 MW net capacity facility does not exceed the 80 MW capacity size requirement; and the sole energy source of the facility is wood, a permissible energy source. Fossil fuel will not be used for any purpose. Therefore, Eagle Valley satisfied the size and fuel use requirements for certification as a small power production QF.

The developer was doing air permitting for this project at a Colorado agency last year. In that permitting, it was called the Gypsum Biomass Power Project. Particulate emissions for the project would be controlled by a combination of cyclone and electrostatic precipitator, and NOx emissions would controlled by selective non-catalytic reduction. Local news reports say the plant is in construction.

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