Biomass business builds

Biomass business builds

The Port Westward Energy Park will soon be home to two new biomass plants, one from Community Energy Systems LLC, and the other to be announced later this month.

It's welcome news for the Port of St. Helens-owned park, which has been seeking industrial development for years.

CES, based out of Colorado, develops biomass energy projects in Western states. They have been in talks with the Port for about two years, said Gerry Meyer, executive director for the Port.

The CES facility is proposed to be a three-phase project. The first phase would be the construction of a test site that would create three to four megawatts of electricity from biomass materials. After that the second phase would increase the wattage to 25 megawatts and employ 25 people. Finally the third phase would employ 60 people and the facility would begin converting wood byproducts to biodiesel.

Read the full story at the Portland Tribune.

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