Company considers second pellet plant near Kremmling
November 12, 2008
Yet another company is looking at Grand County’s supply of beetle killed trees and seeing opportunity.
Eagle Mountain Renewable Energy, an American-owned company with Norwegian investors, could be opening a second wood pellet plant in Grand County, said Tom Long, a company representative and Summit County commissioner.
“It’s just going to depend on where they think they have their best opportunity,” Long said. “There is a lot of fluff in the air, there’s nothing concrete … Grand County obviously has a huge supply, they’re looking around in other states as well as Colorado.”
Land negotiations are ongoing with Grand County landowner Box Car Ranches, LTD, located southeast of the Kremmling Airport. However, Long is not sure when the company will make it’s decision.
Before a decision is made, Eagle Mountain Renewable Energy would need a Colorado Department of Transportation road permit and height variance. Any part of the building that is over 30-feet, such as the dryers or towers, must obtain approval from the Grand County Board of Adjustments, he said.
The Eagle Mountain Renewable Energy plant would be located east of the Confluence Energy Plant and would be approximately the same size.
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Eagle Mountain already operates pellet plants in Europe and Canada.
Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner said the county encourages development that will utilize beetle kill trees and clean up the forest.
“We have a lot of trees and it’s my understanding that they’re going to use natural gas to fire their dryers,” Bumgarner said.
Last year, Forest Energy Colorado LLC, also looked at moving to this site. The company decided against it because a pellet plant is already in Walden and Kremmling, Bumgarner said.
Nothing is official yet, he said. “Until you sign on the dotted line and exchange money that’s all it is, is content.”
Kremmling Mayor Thomas Clark said the close proximity of the plant could benefit the town.
“We very much are interested in having them,” he said. “Anytime you bring in new business that brings in jobs, you benefit.”
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