Proposed Ore. biomass plant reaches milestone

By Anna Austin | January 10, 2012

A 42 MW biomass power plant proposed for south central Oregon has been recommended for approval by the Oregon Department of Energy.

The ODOE issued a Draft Proposed Order for Klamath Falls Bioenergy on Jan. 9, which recommended that the state Energy Facility Siting Council approve the project, subject to a series of conditions. A public hearing on the draft order will be held on Jan. 31.

The plant will be located about two miles southwest of Klamath Falls, Ore., on a 106-acre site. It will burn about 960 tons of waste wood per day—including trees thinned to reduce the threat of further spreading of the mountain pine beetle—from area forests in the region. Electricity generated will be enough to power around 35,000 homes, and will qualify for Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025.

In addition to helping meet renewable energy mandates, the plant should have a fairly significant economic impact on the region. A study of the proposed plant’s potential economics indicate it would create nearly 330 construction jobs, generating $30.3 million in construction payroll, $12 million in locally purchased equipment, and $9.2 million in locally purchased goods and services. During operations, more than 190 direct and indirect jobs will be generated.

“The department’s proposed order is confirmation that this project can meet applicable standards and should be approved,” said Klamath Falls Bioenergy President and CEO Bob Jones.

On top of the Draft Proposed Order, the project has already received an air permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. 



2 Responses

  1. Justis



    It's good to see someone thinking it thorguh.

  2. n



    Great! I wish we could have a biomass project here based on wood and agriculture - whats readliy available. This kind of biomass development would also have a significant impact in southeast Montana, if constructed here. Can this project be financed on tribal trust land without an outside entity taking equity ownership, investor to share tax credits, and provide training on turn key to maintain development standards, sovereign immunity and regulatory jurisdication. I'm interested in small scale development and like the 42MW Biomass Project.


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