Woody biomass power generation facilities come online, adding 38 jobs

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Dec. 9, 2013

Two 17.8-megawatt generation facilities in Allendale and Dorchester counties have come online, creating more than 250 construction jobs and 38 full-time positions, according to a news release from EDF Renewable Energy.

The facilities, which include a stoker boiler and a steam turbine generator, are known as the Pinelands Biomass project and are located in areas with substantial and reliable wood supplies, the company said. The Dorchester facility began commercial operations on Nov. 1, and the Allendale site followed on Nov. 19.

The two projects connect to Santee Cooper’s transmission system, which is adjacent to the sites, under 30-year power purchase agreements, according to the release. EDF Renewable Energy is expected to provide long-term operations and maintenance of the facilities.

“Utilizing wood waste to generate electricity is a proven renewable technology that complements EDF Renewable Energy’s robust portfolio of wind, solar and biogas projects in North America,” Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy, said in a statement. “Biomass is poised to be a key renewable base load energy resource for South Carolina, and we are pleased to work with Santee Cooper on this excellent opportunity to produce economically attractive renewable energy.”

Santee Cooper President and CEO Lonnie Carter said the state-owned utility was the first one in the state to bring customers electricity from renewable resources, which it began 12 years ago.

“Today represents a new milestone for us and for South Carolina,” Carter said in the news release. “The partnership forged with EDF Renewable Energy helps advance Santee Cooper’s role as the state’s leader in generating renewable energy.”

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker on Twitter.

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