Energy Northwest to Develop Biomass Plants - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Energy Northwest to Develop Biomass Plants

Posted: Updated:

OLYMPIA, Wash-- Leaders of Energy Northwest are coming up with plans to make energy from waste in forests.

Energy Northwest is going to build biomass plants that could generate green power 24 hours a day, everyday.

They plan to use wood waste from our forest floors as the bio product. Each plant will power 40,000 homes and provides 100 long-term jobs.

Energy Northwest has partnered with ADAGE. They are a joint venture between Areva and Duke Energy.

Not only will these plants be built in Washington, but also Idaho, Montana and Oregon. They are not going to be cutting down any trees, just using waste from forest floors. It could also help prevent forest fires.

"It does create green jobs. You're talking about 400 to 500 jobs when you're building these power plants and probably 100 jobs that are there continuously after you build this power plant that runs for 30 to 50 years," said Vic Parrish, CEO of Energy Northwest 
Energy Northwest leaders say wind and solar only generate power about 30 percent of the time, when wind is blowing or the sun is shining. These wood based bio plants will be constantly producing energy.