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E-M:/ Re: Biomass Energy and Forest Destruction

Enviro-Mich message from Murphwild1@aol.com

I am told that Dow Corning's SECO plant may have been shut down recently.  


Previously, the plant (a joint venture of Dow Chemical and Corning
Corporation) had purchased electricity and burned #6 fuel oil to produce
steam, but
the worldwide energy crisis had caused prices to increase sharply. After
considering many different alternative energy sources including coal,
natural gas,
and nuclear power, Dow Corning settled on wood power.

After a feasibility study to assess the fuel supply, the 22 megawatt
Steam & Electric Cogeneration plant (SECO) was constructed in 1982. The
continues to operate today, making use of wood harvested from forest
stands as well as waste wood. At present, 60% of the fuel supply comes
from wood
harvested from forest sources. The remainder comes from industrial and
commercial waste wood.

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