L&P Public Session Jan. 21 Studying Wood Fuels for Biomass
[Last Updated: 1/3/2012 3:44:55 PM]

For Immediate Release                                                            


Contact:  Jim Cooper, Key Accounts & Marketing Mgr., Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4560 or E-mail: jcooper@tclp.org

Contact:  Phil Callighan, Sr. Account Executive, Knorr Marketing

    Phone: (231) 947-9707, ext. 207; Mobile: (231) 342-7590

                or E-mail: philc@knorrmarketing.com


L&P Public Session Jan. 21 Studying Wood Fuels for Biomass


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (L&P) has set a goal of generating 30 percent of its energy with renewable sources by 2020. On Thursday, January 21, L&P takes the next step in its community project of choosing the appropriate renewable energy resource. L&P will be holding a public study session at the L&P office on Hastings Street to hear two presentations about wood fuel availability for possible future biomass plants. The public is encouraged to attend.


Robert Froese, PhD, RPF, Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics and Biometrics from Michigan Technological University Forestry Department, will present his findings on regional wood fuel availability. Gary Glawe, Vice-President of GLAWE Corporation of Alpena, Michigan will present information about his company’s wood fuel products that are being planned for worldwide distribution.


In 2009, following months of careful evaluation by the staff and board that included findings from customer surveys, the utility set out to apply new technology, fuels, and power generating techniques that are departures from those deployed in the 20th century. The new direction takes into consideration wind, solar, biomass and other clean technologies to meet the utility’s principal strategic goal: Relying on renewable energy to generating 30 percent of L&P’s electric power requirements by 2020.


            “Determining the wood fuel resources available to us is a critical component when exploring whether biomass is the appropriate power generation technology for us to use,” said Ed Rice, Executive Director of L&P. According to Rice, this session is part of the utility’s continuing public engagement plan seeking customer views on how best to achieve L&P’s renewable energy goal by 2020.


The L&P study session begins at 5:00 p.m. this coming Thursday in the L&P offices at 1131 Hastings Street.


Traverse City Light & Power (www.tclp.org) is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers energy at low rates in the region to over 11,000 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.


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