Arizona Public Service study calls for more biomass energy generation

December 16, 2017 |

In Arizona, a study presented to the Arizona Corporation Commission and conducted by Arizona Public Service is promoting the addition of more biomass into its energy portfolio. APS hopes the increase in biomass use will allow the utility to collect an additional $95 million in revenues, according to WMI Central. “The study could provide a blueprint for the development of bioenergy fueled by forest waste from thinning projects, but it is just a preliminary step in a process that could take years to develop.”

APS currently serves 1.2 million customers statewide and purchases 14 megawatts of energy from Novo BioPower in Snowflake as part of the company’s renewable energy portfolio, according to WMI Central. The study looked at three levels of biofuels usage from low, medium and high and APS would continue to purchase from Novo BioPower for all three levels, but could include the development of other plants like forest thinnings from the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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