Landmark agreement will bolster forest restoration

By Pete Aleshire
Payson Roundup
October 7, 2022
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

An agreement that will keep Arizona’s only biomass burning power plant alive could also save forested communities like Payson and Show Low from the growing plague of wildfires. Salt River Project this week announced it has signed an 11-year agreement with Novo BioPower to buy electricity generated by burning the biomass wood scrap from forest thinning projects. Arizona Public Service signed a similar contract with Novo BioPower a month ago, said President and CEO Brad Worsley. As a result, the Snowflake plant can continue to operate until at least 2033. The agreement will provide a market for the millions of tons of saplings, brush and wood scraps generated by thinning projects in northeastern Arizona. The lack of a market for biomass has proved the single biggest problem for loggers bidding on forest thinning projects.

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