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EBC Construction and Demolition Materials Committee Site Visit – Plainfield Renewable Energy Facility
November 18, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The EBC Construction and Demolition Committee has scheduled a site visit to the Plainfield Renewable Energy Facility, a biomass generation facility designed to burn C&D wood and produce 37.5 MW of net generation.
Site Visit Details
Registration: 9:45 a.m.
Site Visit: 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: Entrance to facility is on Mill Brook Road
EBC Member: free
Background: Plainfield Renewable Energy (PRE), is a $220 million biomass generation facility designed to produce 37.5 MW of net generation.
The plant generates electricity through the use of wood that is mainly derived from construction and demolition waste that would otherwise be placed in landfills. The plant generates enough clean electricity to provide for about 40,000 households. It also provides about 15% of the amount of renewable energy that the State of Connecticut is required under current rules to produce.
The PRE project uses the clean wood that is leftover from construction and demolition activities for the majority of its fuel supply. This is required by the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control. This means that each of the suppliers will take construction and demolition waste and remove all other waste (like nails, sheetrock, etc.) except for wood. That wood will then be reduced to chips of less than 6 inches and delivered to the site as fuel. The wood fuel must meet strict standards regarding the absence of environmentally unsafe materials. For instance, no wood containing creosote or other dangerous toxins can be used as wood fuel in the project.
The plant is located on a 27 acre remediated brown field site in the town of Plainfield, Connecticut. The Project also owns a 14-acre parcel on the Quinnebaug River in the neighboring Town of Canterbury for water intake and discharge.