Fire-damaged biomass plant may not reopen until summer |

Fire-damaged biomass plant may not reopen until summer

GYPSUM, Colo. — A plant built to convert beetle-killed trees into electricity in western Colorado is still shut down three months after a fire and likely won’t open until the summer.

The plant in Gypsum was built by Provo, Utah-based Eagle Valley Clean Energy using about $40 million in federal loan guarantees. The aim was to provide about 7 percent of the electricity provided by Holy Cross Energy, an electric co-operative that serves five Colorado counties, including the Aspen and Vail areas.

Eagle Valley spokeswoman Sarah Baker told the Vail Daily newspaper that the December fire damaged the plant’s conveyor belts but not its boilers or generators. She said the damage would take another “few months” to repair.

Information from: Vail Daily,

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