The public and media are invited to attend Avista’s 25th anniversary open house at its Kettle Falls biomass power plant Saturday, October 18, 2008.
In 1983 the power plant began operations and was the first facility of its kind, built in the United States by a utility, for the sole purpose of generating electricity through burning wood waste.
Guests are invited to tour the plant and get an insider’s look at how Avista generates renewable, biomass energy. Included in the tour will be all 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 renewable 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.
Attendees can also pick up a free CFL bulb during the event and meet Wattson, Avista’s energy watchdog.
Schedule of Events on Saturday, October 18
· 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Open House, including informational tours, presentations, refreshments, CFL bulb giveaway, and meet and greet with Wattson, Avista’s energy watchdog.
· 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 two hours. See directions from Google Maps here.
Reference Video and Photos
For historical information about Kettle Falls Generating Station, watch “From Wood Waste to Power,” which chronicles the dedication of the plant 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.
The power plant operates 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/
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