Gypsum, CO – Colorado’s very first woody biomass facility started delivering electricity to the Vail Valley today! This is a huge accomplishment for the entire region as this renewable energy project will use pine beetle kill timber for its main source of fuel; helping to rid the surrounding National Forests of serious wild fire hazards.
A Big Congratulations goes out to Holy Cross Electric, Eagle Valley Clean Energy, West Range Reclamation, Eagle County and the Town of Gypsum, for working together in this endeavor. The Vail Valley now leads the way in Colorado with its renewable energy efforts and forest health concerns. Never has a Colorado utility worked with the private sector to create a commercial grade biomass project; especially one that generates base-load renewable power. Holy Cross Electric and Eagle Valley Clean Energy successfully created this local alliance several years ago and now the surreal has become a reality. This facility will produce a bit more than 11 Megawatts of power; 10 MW of which will be distributed locally by Holy Cross Energy; enough to power nearly 10,000 residential units per year.
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