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Rothschild biomass plant only getting 10 percent of fuel from forest waste as proposed

Rothschild facility gets only 10 percent of fuel from forest waste as proposed

9:44 PM, Mar. 8, 2014
An employee hauls shredded wood, or biomass, at the Domtar paper mill in Rothschild where a green-fuel power plant went online in November. Originally promised to be fueled almost exclusively by wood waste, the plant now is burning mostly trees cut down as farm fields or housing developments expanded.
An employee hauls shredded wood, or biomass, at the Domtar paper mill in Rothschild where a green-fuel power plant went online in November. Originally promised to be fueled almost exclusively by wood waste, the plant now is burning mostly trees cut down as farm fields or housing developments expanded.
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The recently built power plant at Domtar paper mill in central Wisconsin is getting only 10 percent of its fuel from logging waste, which originally was supposed to supply nearly all of the plant's energy needs.

The 50-megawatt, $255 million power plant went online in November to provide steam for Domtar's paper operations and a clean source of power for We Energies. The plant will burn 500,000 tons of biomass annually, said Cathy Schulze, a We Energies spokeswoman.

We Energies told the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in its permit applications, which were required to build the ...

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