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[NEWS] Aspen Power Biomass Facility in Texas Sold for $5M

– by Associated Press, November 1, 2016, Dallas News

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A foreclosed East Texas power plant has been sold for nearly $5 million.

The Lufkin News reports the Aspen Power biomass plant in Lufkin was sold Tuesday to the lone bidder in an Angelina County court-ordered auction. An attorney represented the buyer, whose name wasn’t immediately disclosed.

The Aspen Power plant was marketed as the first wood-waste biomass electric generation facility in Texas. The 57-megawatt plant opened in 2011 but was idle in 2012 amid challenging market conditions.

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[NEWS] Texas Utility Can Take Lufkin Biomass Power Facility Off-Line

– April 8, 2016, Platts

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Aspen Power can proceed to mothball a 50-MW biomass generation unit north of Houston without impairing reliability, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Friday.

Aspen Power announced plans on March 17 to suspend operations at the Lufkin Generating Station because of “poor” economics in the market on July 6. Commissioned in August 2011, the plant is Texas’ first wood-based biomass power plant.

“ERCOT has completed its review and is issuing its initial determination that this Resource is not required to support ERCOT transmission system reliability (i.e. voltage support, stability or management of localized transmission constraints under first contingency criteria),” ERCOT said in an email to market participants.

Among other suspensions of operations announced for coming weeks include NRG Energy’s 371-MW Greens Bayou 5 natural gas-fired steam boiler generator, as of June 27, and a 75-MW gas peaker at its 3,687-MW WA Parish power plant in southwest Houston on May 19.

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