Constellation to build P&G’s Albany biomass plant
ALBANY, Ga. – Constellation will develop a 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of Proctor & Gamble’s largest U.S. facilities. Constellation will build, own and operate the $200 million cogeneration plant, which will supply steam to the Albany paper manufacturing plant and generate electricity for Georgia Power.
Construction activities have already begun on the site, with the plant scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2017. Construction is expected to create up to 500 new jobs over the next two years, with an additional 50 to 70 permanent local jobs for ongoing operations once the plant is built.
The plant will significantly increase P&G’s use of renewable energy, helping move the company closer to its 2020 goal of obtaining 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources.
For more than 30 years, the Albany facility has successfully used a smaller onsite biomass boiler to convert wood scraps into renewable steam, providing about 30 percent of the total energy. The new facility will replace P&G’s aging boiler with a highly efficient combined heat and power biomass unit. Incoming biomass will provide 100 percent of the steam, and up to 60-70 percent of the total energy used to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue.
The facility is Constellation’s newest project in its active and growing distributed energy business, which has more than 300 megawatts of assets in operation or under development.
In the initial planning for the facility, P&G and Constellation outlined sustainable “procurement standards” for the project. The plant’s fuel supply will come from biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill, including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust.
Georgia Power’s purchase of energy from Constellation, at or below Georgia Power’s avoided cost, is part of the company’s multifaceted strategy to encourage and cultivate renewable energy sources in Georgia. The initiative was developed in coordination with and approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission. Constellation is currently under contract to sell 42 MW of capacity and energy from the 50 MW facility to Georgia Power.
Source: Business Wire