Georgia To Gain Timber Based Biomass Plants

Biomass plants to open in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) -- Leftover sawdust and wood chips will eventually provide electricity in Georgia under a deal state officials announced Thursday.

Oglethorpe Power Corporation plans to build as many as three biomass electric generating facilities in Georgia, with the first set to begin operation in 2014.

The plants will rely on timber byproducts that are abundant in the state. State officials say they would help meet the growing power needs in Georgia as its population continues to soar.

The power plants will provide base load power to Oglethorpe's 38 member cooperatives, which supply electricity to nearly half of Georgia's population.

Company officials say the biomass would provide only a small percentage of the company's total energy mix. The company currently uses coal, nuclear, natural gas and hydroelectric power to generate electricity.

Oglethorpe is eying five potential sites in Appling, Echols, Warren and Washington counties.

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