March 29, 2012
Upstate New York army facility set for biomass renovation
BY LUKE GEIVER – BIOMASS MAGAZINE · IMAGE BY ALEXEI NOVIKOV / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
ReEnergy Holdings LLC has purchased an idled 60 MW coal-fired power facility at Fort Drum, a U.S. Army installation near Watertown, N.Y. The company will convert the plant to operate on forest residue.
ReEnergy plans to renovate the facility with $34 million in upgrades, helping the U.S. Department of Defense meet its renewable energy initiatives. The facility, renamed ReEnergy Black River and set to begin operation in 2013, will be the tenth biomass facility owned or operated by the New York-based company. The biomass used at the Fort Drum location will come from local wood fuel managed lands that are subject to third-party certifications from organizations that include the Forest Stewardship Council, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the American Tree Farm System, according to ReEnergy.
The purchase price of the facility was not disclosed. The plant is expected to generate roughly 400,000 megawatt hours per year, enough energy to power 50,000 homes, once the renovations are complete. Fort Drum will meet 100 percent of its energy needs from the biomass power plant, and ReEnergy hopes to staff the facility with citizens from the community, as well as veterans and spouses from the Fort Drum army installation.