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First of six biomass plants in Alberta begins construction

September 12, 2012, Calgary, AB – Construction has begun on a 41.5-megawatt power plant in northern Alberta that will generate electricity using wood waste.


September 12, 2012
By Calgary Herald

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The facility is the first of six biomass-fuelled power generation plants that Calgary-based Mustus Energy plans to build in the province. According to the Calgary Herald , the company will spend $170 million to get the first plant, in La Crete, up and operational by spring 2014.

Using residual wood from the aspen trees processed at local lumber mills in place of fossil fuels, the plant will create electricity in an environmentally friendly way, the company says. Typically, only 40 per cent of a cut tree is used in processing while the remainder goes to waste.

"These residuals have always cost the sawmill owners to deal with them and get rid of them," said Mustus Energy CEO Ross Maxwell.

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