Tongue Point Investors LLC
With the support of the TER team, Tongue Point Investors LLC (TPI) proposes to construct a 19.8MW Biomass Power Facility in Astoria, Oregon.
Utilizing the woody biomass products (hogged fuel) recovered by Tongue Point Investors partner company Trails End Recovery, TPI will restore Electrical Energy generated from Biomass to Astoria. We are in a new era where renewable, sustainable energy will provide power for generations to come. The Facility will utilize the materials gathered from a 50-mile radius of the proposed site, which is roughly the distance from Astoria to Tillamook as the crow flies.
This Facility will create about 20 new direct full time jobs (in the plant) and approximately 80 indirect full-time jobs (in the woods) that will provide support. In addition, approximately 100 jobs will be created during the estimated 18 month construction phase of the facility. Local companies and personnel will be employed for project design, construction and operation of the facility.
The plant will strengthen the weakest end of the Oregon Power Grid and will generate enough electricity to power between approximately 16,000 homes in Clatsop County. It will also contribute to the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and greatly reduce open burning in the woods. This is good news for the land owners who are endeavoring to comply with the SFI Certification standards which state that all forest materials harvested must find its “best use”. Generating electricity from waste wood certainly qualifies as a best use.
The plant will create a new local market for biomass, creating a continuous demand. The plant will operate 24/7/365. The plant is estimated to begin power production by the second quarter of 2012.
The benefits to the local community are great indeed:
- Creation of New / Permanent Local Jobs
- Aiding Local Land Owners by Reducing Fire Risk
- Strengthening the Local Power Grid
- Increasing the Local Tax Base
- Creating a Steam Host for Future Businesses co-located at North Tongue Point
- Creating New Local Educational Programs