Tree Frog Forestry News

Oregon bids goodbye to coal power

By Nick Rosenberger
East Oregonian
June 13, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States, US West

Since 1980, the Boardman Coal Plant has produced nearly half of Portland’s electricity. …That production — both of energy and emissions — will come to an end in just a few months. The Portland General Electric-owned facility, the last coal plant operating in Oregon, will close by the end of 2020. …There are nearly 600 coal-fired plants still operating in the U.S., though more than 200 others have closed in the last two decades due to declining revenue or environmental regulations. Those regulations are an attempt to reduce the effects of burning coal, the largest human-made contributor to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. …Corson said the company then considered torrefaction as a final option before closing the plant for good. Torrefied wood “certainly could be a viable fuel” at a plant like Boardman, said Matt Krumenauer, vice president of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.

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