Avista today announced it will hold a public open house October 18, 2008, to celebrate the 25th year of operations at its renewable, biomass energy plant, Kettle Falls Generating Station. The plant, which began operations in October 1983, is located in Kettle Falls, Wash., and generates electricity by burning wood waste.
The public and media are invited to tour the plant and get an insider’s look at how Avista generates renewable energy through wood waste. Included in the tour will be aspects of the plant operations, including the fuel
transportation/conveyor system and close-up views of the seven-story furnace/boiler which heats water pipes, creating steam to run a turbine and generator that produces electricity.
Scheduled to speak at the open house are U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Scott Morris, Avista Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer. McMorris Rodgers, a Kettle Falls native, will discuss how biomass plants like Avista’s are a key part of becoming an energy independent country and how government regulations are making it harder for such plants to operate. Morris will discuss the plant, its history and Avista’s vision for the future of renewable energy.
“I’m proud of our 25 years of renewable energy leadership at Kettle Falls Generating Station,” Morris said. “The plant was the first of its kind built in the United States and still serves as a great model for generating clean, renewable biomass energy.”
Avista had the foresight to plan and build Kettle Falls Generating Station in the heart of logging territory, taking advantage of wood waste products, decades before green, renewable energy legislation was commonplace. As local and regional sawmills have closed, Avista has diversified its sources of fuel and is now forging mutually-beneficial partnerships with forest management agencies to help eliminate carbon emissions from slash-pile burning, reduce fire suppression costs, improve forest health and create jobs.
For historical information about Kettle Falls Generating Station, watch the 10-minute video, “From Wood Waste to Power.” The video, created more than two decades ago, chronicles the dedication of Avista’s Kettle Falls Generating Station in 1983 while providing an overview of its early operations. Due to its age, some statements and facts in the video are dated. Contact Avista for a detailed backgrounder on the plant including current facts and figures.
Find the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVYR7Z69hp0 or visit www.youtube.com/avistautilities
The Kettle Falls Generating Station is an intricate plant with many interesting machines and processes. For a closer look at what the plant looks like, please view this online slideshow with captions included, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/avistautilities/sets/72157607473004511/show/
Schedule of Events on Saturday, October 18
· 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open House, including informational tours, refreshments and CFL bulb giveaway.
· 11 a.m. – Addresses by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers and Avista Corp. chairman, president and chief executive officer Scott Morris.
Directions to Kettle Falls Generating Station
From Spokane, drive North on Highway 395, through Kettle Falls, turning left into the plant on South Peachcrest Road. Drive time: Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes. See directions from Google Maps here.
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