ReEnergy Has Other Plans For Old Lyonsdale Biomass Plant

ReEnergy Has Other Plans For Old Lyonsdale Biomass Plant

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Despite legislation that could financially help it, the owners of the Lyonsdale biomass energy plant won't reopen. They're pledging to do something else with the property.

The plant in southern Lewis County closed at the end of 2017. 

It turned wood into electricity, employed 22 people and supported another 100 logging and trucking jobs. 

Earlier this week, we reported a bill in Albany was aimed at helping biomass facilities, putting them on equal footing with solar and wind mill funding, as Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush put it. 

However, the owners of the plant, ReEngergy, said, "It is likely the Lyonsdale site will be moving toward redevelopment before there is a final decision on how existing renewable projects are going to be treated in the future in New York state. It is unlikely Lyonsdale will reopen as a biomass power facility."

So what's next for the Lyonsdale property then? Company officials tell 7 News redevelopment for solar energy is the most likely outcome. 

The bill in Albany to help biomass facilities is still of interest to this company because ReEnergy also owns the biomass plant on Fort Drum.

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