Jennifer Runyon, Managing Editor, RenewableEnergyWorld.com
November 20, 2012 | 14 Comments
Sandy Debris Used for Biomass Power in Connecticut
The Hartford Business Journal points out in an article that ReEnergy Holdings, the New York company that operates the Sterling biomass facility (below) in Sterling, Connecticut has been using Hurricane Sandy debris to power its plant. The facility, which up until the Connecticut power outages of 2011 had used discarded tires as its main fuel source, diversified in order to accept the more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris that accumulated after that ice storm.
Since the facility has now been fully converted to accept storm debris along with pallets, clean wood and forest residues, it is collecting debris from Hurricane Sandy.
If the predictions are true and we should expect more storms of greater intensity going forward then clean-up will remain an issue. Facilities like this one will become increasingly important in figuring out how to manage all of the wreckage that major storms like Sandy will create.