– January 18, 2016, Bioenergy Insight
Energy-from-waste firm Covanta Energy Corp. has announced that it will soon close two of its seven US wood-fired biomass power plants.
The plants are located in West Enfield and Jonesboro, Maine, towns that are roughly 110 miles apart.
Covanta plans to take the facilities offline by the end of March due to lower fossil fuel prices that have weakened demand for biomass energy, according to media reports.
Both of the 24.5MW plants began operations in 1987, and were acquired by Covanta in 2008. Each plant roughly processes 550 dry tons of biomass waste materials each day, and the resulting power has been sold to ISO-New England, a regional transmission organisation.
James Regan, a Covanta spokesman, told Biomass Magazine that the company would continue to evaluate the future of the facilities.