Texas bioenergy plant restarts operations
NRG Energy Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., was selected by Inventiv-Energy LLC to restart the Aspen Power biomass plant in Lufkin, Texas. NRG will also operate and maintain the facility once it’s online. InventivEnergy is an asset management firm overseeing the plant.
The 50 MW Aspen Power facility began operations in August 2011 and idled in 2012 due to market economics. The plant takes in locally sourced wood waste as fuel and employs a stoker type boiler with particulate emissions abatement and has selected catalytic reduction for NOx control. The facility can consume an estimated 525,000 tons of logging debris and municipal wood waste annually.
According to NRG, work to restart the facility began in mid-May and commercial operations were anticipated to begin in late July.