East Texas Electric readies new biomass plant for operation

East Texas Electric Cooperative on July 21 filed with the Texas Public Utility Commission a renewable energy certification for a 49.9-MW, biomass-fired power plant that is due for commercial operation around Oct. 1.

This is the Woodville Renewable Power Plant, located at 1580 County Road 1020 at Woodville in Tyler County. It is using a Riley/Babcock power boiler.

A project contact is: East Texas Electric Cooperative, Ryan Thomas, CFO, 2905 Westward Drive, Nacogdoches, TX 75964, (936) 560-9532.

Said the project website: “East Texas Electric Cooperative (ETEC) is developing a wood-fueled biomass plant. The plant will be the first of its kind for the area, converting excess in-wood chips into renewable, carbon-neutral power for ETEC member cooperatives. When completed, the plant will have the capability of producing 50 megawatts of power.”

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