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[NEWS] Tucson, Arizona Looking at Biomass Power Generation

– by David Wichner, July 2, 2018, Arizona Daily Star

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Photo: Jake Bacon / Arizona Daily Sun

After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass generation from burning wood or other organic matter.

TEP said Friday that it is seeking information about forest biomass generation systems that could generate power for customers while improving the health of Arizona forests.

The utility issued a request for information about technologies, costs, environmental benefits, construction requirements and interconnection requirements of forest biomass energy projects.

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[NEWS] Arizona Biomass Developers Want Forest Service to Speed Up Forest Thinning

– by Emery Cowan, May 26, 2018, Arizona Daily Sun

5b08c54c0fe46.imageAPS is looking for new proposals that would use the small trees and branches from Arizona forests to generate a small portion of the energy the utility sends to customers around the state.

The idea is to provide a market for woody material that needs to be thinned from overcrowded, high-risk forests in northern and eastern Arizona in order to reduce the risk of severe wildfires, improve forest health and benefit watersheds.

There’s one big problem, though, according to the head of the state’s only utility-scale biomass power plant.

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[NEWS] With Biomass Energy, Weighing Forest Restoration and Carbon Emissions

– by Emery Cowan, January 5, 2017, Arizona Daily Sun

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Photo: Jake Bacon / Arizona Daily Sun

When state utility regulators held a workshop last month about increasing the use of forest biomass for power, one topic did not make it into the discussion: the emissions produced from burning small trees, branches and treetops hauled from Arizona’s forests.

Compared to coal, burning biomass emits lower amounts of key pollutants like sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, but it generally equals or surpasses coal in the amount of carbon dioxide it emits per unit of heat.

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[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.

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[NEWS] Arizona Studying Bioenergy for Wildfire Management

– by Anna Simet, August 23, 2017, Biomass Magazine

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The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered Arizona Public Service to evaluate forest bioenergy as part of its resource portfolio.

A May memorandum from Commissioner Boyd Dunn instructed the opening of a docket to explore forest bioenergy, and its current role and impact in Arizona. The memo emphasized the important role forest bioenergy serves in maintaining Arizona’s forests, woodlands, and watersheds while creating energy for the grid. “Our history is riddled with examples of the devastating economic, cultural, and ecological impact of Arizona wildfires,” it stated. “In addition, state watersheds, including streams, lakes and reservoirs are at risk of contamination from hazardous runoff coming from the burned areas. Maintaining healthy forests and woodlands through on-the-ground restoration activities reduces the risk and severity of these wildfires.”

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[NEWS] New Leadership for Troubled Good Earth Power AZ

– by Emery Cowan, May 27, 2017, Arizona Daily Sun

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Photo: Jake Bacon / Arizona Daily Sun

Three and a half years after taking over the largest stewardship contract in the Forest Service’s history, Good Earth Power AZ has new leadership that is looking to turn the company’s troubled operations around.

“The tactical execution hasn’t happened on this project, what we are trying to bring to it is tactical execution,” said Bill Dyer, the company’s new chief operating officer. “I can’t really change what has happened in the past, but we are trying to do the best we can to make it right.”

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[NEWS] Concord Blue Biomass Gasification Facility Breaks Ground in Arizona

– by Trudy Balcom, November 4, 2016, White Mountain Independent

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Concord Blue Biomass

It doesn’t look like much, but it’s a start.

Concord Blue Energy broke ground this week on its long-awaited biomass plant in the Eagar Industrial Park.

Geotechnical engineering for the plant has been completed — the only phase the company plans to complete this year.

The mechanical components for the bio-generating facility will be engineered and fabricated starting this winter, according to Scott Noll, vice president of project management at Concord Blue, which is based in Los Angeles, Calif.

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