ReEnergy chief warns biomass plant could close in 90 days

A load of wood chips is unloaded in 2012 at ReEnergy Lyonsdale’s cogeneration plant on Marmon Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Watertown Daily Times photo.

A load of wood chips is unloaded in 2012 at ReEnergy Lyonsdale’s cogeneration plant on Marmon Road in the town of Lyonsdale. Watertown Daily Times photo.

LYONS FALLS — Without a power purchase agreement, the ReEnergy Lyonsdale wood-chip-burning cogeneration plant could close in 60 to 90 days, according to company CEO Larry D. Richardson. [Read more…]

Stefanik touts biomass as potential growth sector for north country

LOWVILLE — Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, toured Lewis County on Wednesday, touting job creation and economic development and hailing the biomass industry as a potential growth sector for the north country. [Read more…]

ReEnergy helps municipalities by burning storm debris at biomass plant

A ReEnergy employee uses a pitchfork to spread out debris while loading up a tractor-trailer with brush at the town of Brownville garage on Tuesday afternoon. The company will be picking up debris at municipalities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties for free. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

A ReEnergy employee uses a pitchfork to spread out debris while loading up a tractor-trailer with brush at the town of Brownville garage on Tuesday afternoon. The company will be picking up debris at municipalities in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties for free. Amanda Morrison / NNY Business

Giving municipalities a lift without charge, this week ReEnergy began grinding and collecting storm debris that will be used to fuel its biomass facility at Fort Drum.

For up to 10 weeks, ReEnergy will visit municipal sites in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to collect massive quantities of fallen limbs and other debris that accumulated during the winter, said John R. Howe, ReEnergy’s north country wood procurement manager. The move comes after ReEnergy met with highway superintendents following the ice storm in late December to hatch a plan for removing brush to be burned at its 60-megawatt-capacity plant, which opened last June. The service is provided at no charge to municipalities.

ReEnergy began grinding and collecting debris this week at the town of Brownville’s storage site off Star School House Road, Mr. Howe said. It also has agreed to collect debris from Jefferson County, the city of Watertown and the towns of Antwerp, Brownville, LeRay, Orleans and Rutland; in St. Lawrence County, agreements have been made with the city of Ogdensburg; the village of Gouverneur and the towns of Edwards, Fowler and Colton. More municipalities, as well as Fort Drum, are expected to participate in the effort this summer, he said. ReEnergy will collect debris free of charge for municipalities. [Read more…]

Economic Development Council seeks state funding for projects

Applying for its second round of state economic development funding, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council submitted 21 priority projects to the state Friday as part of its annual progress report.

The council, which garnered a $103.2 million state award last year, is competing against nine other regional councils across the state to get a slice of funding from this year’s $750 million pool. In addition to the 21 new priority projects it’s vying to fund, all but two of the council’s 60 projects that received grants last year are moving forward this year.

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