A joint proposal to build a 10 megawatt cogeneration power plant in Saratoga, Wyo., between Bonneville Pacific and Louisiana Pacific Corp.. has been suspended because of an inadequate wood fuel source according to Raymond L. Hixson, chairman of Salt Lake-based Bonneville.
A cogeneration plant produces two kinds of energy from one fuel source. The proposed wood fuel for this project could have produced both electricity and steam.For such a project to be economically feasible, a guaranteed fuel source of up to 20 years would have to be supplied. Current Forest Service Timber Management policies preclude a guaranteed wood fuel supply, thus making the project non-financable at this time.
Hixson said Bonneville and Louisiana Pacific will continue to look for future energy projects in which to cooperate.