[NEWS] Arizona Study Proposes Development of New Biomass Energy Facilities

– by Trudy Balcom, December 15, 2017, White Mountain Independent

5a32d2a48a7b9.imageArizona Public Service has released a preliminary study for greater inclusion of biomass in its energy portfolio — something that could have a positive impact on forest industry and wildfire prevention.

The 90-day study was completed and presented to the Arizona Corporation Commission on Dec. 5.

APS, who serves 1.2 million customers statewide and part of the White Mountains, was required to complete the study in order to secure approval from the Commission for a rate increase for APS customers. The increase will allow the utility to collect an additional $95 million in revenues.

The study could provide a blueprint for the development of bioenergy fueled by forest waste from thinning projects, but it is just a preliminary step in a process that could take years to develop.

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2 comments

  • Is forestry thinning actually carried out? It would seem that for a power station the trees would need to be clear cut on a grand scale to supply the incredible amounts of wood needed.

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