September 20, 2017
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Colby College fires up new $11M biomass plant


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WATERVILE, Maine — While temperatures dropped below zero in Maine, Colby College fired up a new biomass plant that will offset the need for oil by burning wood chips, bark and treetops.

The Waterville college says its $11 million biomass plant will replace about 1 million gallons of heating fuel with about 22,000 tons of locally produced wood annually. During peak usage, the college is expected to save $250,000 monthly at current market prices.

The wood will feed boilers to produce steam used for heat, hot water, cooking and cogeneration of electricity.

Colby says the biomass plant is a key part of its plan to be carbon neutral by 2015.


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