Biomass Around the Country: Spotlight South Carolina

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:12 PM | Anonymous
SC Biomass Council recognized by Biomass Power Association for leadership in growing biomass energy generation industry.

Over the past year, South Carolina has made a name for itself in the biomass industry. What previously was a small biomass presence has become a thriving industry, providing power for tens of thousands of South Carolina homes and businesses.

The most recent development is the opening of global packaging company Sonoco’s $75 million biomass boiler. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley attended the dedication ceremony for the new boiler, which replaces two aging coal boilers. “South Carolina is being called the fastest growing economy in the Southeast,” Haley said. “One of the reasons is because of innovative projects like Sonoco’s biomass boiler. Advancements like this help businesses grow and succeed, attract new customers and bring talent and high-paying jobs to the state.”

This follows the November 2013 opening of two 17.8-megawatt facilities by BPA member EDF. Located in Allendale and Dorchester Counties, the new facilities, also known as the Pinelands biomass project, created 250 construction jobs and 38 full-time positions. They will supply power for 15,000 homes through a 30-year power purchasing agreement with Santee Cooper, the local utility.

The new South Carolina biomass growth is due in part to the influence of South Carolina Biomass Council. With 250 members representing various aspects of biomass, the SCBC works cooperatively with state legislators, biomass producers and users, and other stakeholders to increase awareness and use of biomass energy. SCBC aims to help South Carolina use homegrown energy sources rather than importing the majority of its power.

Article courtesy of the Biomass Power Association
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