Procter & Gamble and Constellation team up for 50 MW biomass plant

February 16, 2015 |

In Georgia, Procter & Gamble and Constellation have announced the development of a 50 MW biomass plant to help run one of P&G’s largest US facilities. The plant will significantly increase P&G’s use of renewable energy, helping move the company closer to its 2020 goal of obtaining 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources. Construction activities have already begun on the site with the plant scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2017. Construction is expected to create up to 500 new jobs over the next two years, with an additional 50 to 70 permanent local jobs for ongoing operations once the plant is built.

Constellation will build, own and operate the $200 million cogeneration plant, which will supply steam to P&G’s Albany, Ga., paper manufacturing facility and generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power. The facility is Constellation’s newest project in its active and growing distributed energy business, which has more than 300 megawatts of assets in operation or under development.

In the initial planning for the facility, P&G and Constellation outlined sustainable “procurement standards” for the project. The plant’s fuel supply will come from biomass that would otherwise have been left to decay, burned, or potentially sent to landfill, including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust.

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