Plant to turn beetle-kill to wood pellets in Breckenridge this fall

May 17th, 2010 in News Archive

Sky-Hi Daily News
Robert Allen
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Negotiations are under way for a wood pellet plant to begin operation later this year along Highway 9 at the north end of Breckenridge.

The plant would take local beetle-killed lodgepole pine trees and turn them into fuel that could be used to warm nearby homes. Bill Nootenboom of Environmental Energy Partners said his company would take free drop-offs from residents.

“It’s kind of at the center of what’s going on with the beetle-kill epidemic,” he said, adding that the town “can also be a model for the world” in terms of an area “taking control of its energy supply.”

The company proposes to lease 5 acres of town property at 13541 Hwy. 9, known as the Alpine Rock mining property near High Country Furniture. The five-year lease starting July 1 would cost $100,000, payable in monthly installments, according to a draft of the lease.

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