Lyonsdale biomass to be dismantled

Lyonsdale biomass to be dismantled
Lyonsdale Biomass energy facility pictured in 2017

LYONSDALE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Lyonsdale Biomass energy facility will be dismantled this summer and the 46 acre property will be transferred to the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency.

Power company ReEnergy bought the plant in 2011 and fueled the 22-megawatt biomass-to-electricity plant with material from local logging operations and sawmills, supporting more than 100 local jobs.

“There are multiple parties who have shown an interest in developing the site, and the interconnection to the electricity grid makes the site of interest to solar developers,” said ReEnergy Chief Executive Officer Larry Richardson in a news release. “We also have been in talks with biofuel companies that are interested in siting a biorefinery in New York State.”

Under the agreement, ReEnergy will work with the Lewis County IDA to market the property.

“We believe this property can be an effective asset for future economic development in Lewis County. Prospective developers, potentially in the forestry or energy production industries, will find this property attractive for business growth,” said Eric Virkler, executive director of the IDA in a news release.

Richardson said that ReEnergy had retained a company to dismantle the energy facility, but that the fuel yard infrastructure and utility interconnection will remain in place per the agreement with the IDA.

Demolition work is expected to begin in early July and be completed in early fall, at which time title to the site will be transferred to the Lewis County IDA.

Because the facility’s future as a biomass power facility was uncertain under New York State’s Clean Energy Standard, ReEnergy had been working with local and state economic development officials and prospective redevelopers to repurpose the site.

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