[NEWS] Columbia, WA Officials Consider Biomass Conversion
– by Brittany Ruess, November 1, 2017, Columbia Daily Tribune
A proposed more than $27 million electric power project would put the city of Columbia much closer to its future renewable energy goals and likely prompt a bond issue to cover the costs, city officials said Wednesday.
Christian Johanningmeier, the city’s power production superintendent, presented preliminary details of the project to the Water and Light Advisory Board on Wednesday. The project would convert an existing boiler at the city’s century-old municipal power plant, which stopped burning coal in 2015, into a biomass fueled power plant.
The plant could produce between 82,000 and 106,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. Nearly 81,000 megawatt hours of the entire city system’s more than 1.2 million megawatt hours came from renewable energy last year, according the city’s 2017 Renewable Energy Report.