N.Y. Power Authority and Tupper Lake Mayor Strader Announce Contract
Award For Biomass Generator Study
October 25, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALBANY—Sandra Strader, mayor, Village of Tupper
Lake, and Timothy S. Carey, chief operating officer (COO), New York
Power Authority (NYPA), today announced that EPRI, the Electric Power
Research Institute, was awarded the contract to do a study—the Tupper
Lake Wood Utilization Cogeneration Project Feasibility Study—on the use
of biomass generation to produce electricity for Tupper Lake.
Biomass is any organic material, for this project it
is wood, available on a renewable or recurring basis. Energy produced
using biomass is recognized as a type of renewable energy. Wood biomass
is also referred to as woody biomass.
“The Power Authority is committed to exploring the
use of renewable energy resources as Governor George Pataki has
championed their use to keep the air cleaner and lessen New York’s
dependence on fossil fuels,” said NYPA COO Carey. “Bringing this EPRI
team on the project means we have some of the best and brightest minds
in New York and the nation working with NYPA to help improve electric
reliability in the Tri-Lakes Region.”
“Awarding this contract to thoroughly study the use
of wood as a renewable energy source for Tupper Lake is one of the
continuing advances we, along with the Power Authority, are making to
address the critical energy needs of our community,” said Mayor Strader.
“Over recent months we have been working closely with the Power
Authority on energy audits and on plans for a new line to improve
reliability of electric service which, along with this study, show
enormous progress towards achieving an even brighter future for Tupper
The EPRI proposal was selected due to the strong
team of industry experts it assembled to conduct the feasibility study.
The team consists of EPRI, The Antares Group, Joseph Technologies
Corporation (JTC) and State University of New York, College of
Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). The project team houses
the expertise of leaders in local biomass resource assessment and
biomass project evaluation (Antares Group and SUNY ESF), district energy
project development and execution (JTC) and leverages the technology
evaluation capabilities of EPRI.
The Village of Tupper Lake is a municipal electric
system which receives its full requirements (supply) of electricity from
NYPA. This electricity is delivered (transmitted) by National Grid.
Municipal officials and interested citizens in the Tri-Lakes Region,
which also includes Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, requested the
assistance of NYPA and National Grid to help alleviate the Region’s
electric reliability problems due to severe winter weather and
increasing electric demand. This resulted in the Tri-Lakes Agreement
announced in November 2004 by Governor Pataki.
“The technology of wood cogeneration is advancing
rapidly and this local source of generation potentially offers Tupper
Lake the benefit of more reliable electric service, especially during
peak periods in the winter,” said John Bouck, electric superintendent,
Village of Tupper Lake.
NYPA will coordinate the responsibilities and
progress of the feasibility study by working with the EPRI team and the
Village of Tupper Lake. The scope of work for this study includes
Electric and Thermal Load Analysis, Wood Resource Assessment, Wood
Conversion and Prime Mover, Preliminary Plant Design, Economic
Evaluation and Final Report. The EPRI project team is considered
extremely strong in all of the critical areas of importance.
Antares Group of Washington, DC and SUNY ESF located
in Syracuse will complete the fuel resource assessment. They are
ideally suited to complete this assessment as they collectively have a
large amount of experience in the Tri-Lakes Region and New York State.
Antares Group and SUNY ESF have been directly involved with the supply
of biomass to existing coal-fired generating stations in New York.
EPRI, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, will evaluate
biomass gasification technology while visiting gasification projects
worldwide installations. As a result, EPRI will discuss gasification
operations with those having first-hand experience at different
JTC from New Jersey is well familiar with Tupper
Lake and has developed a number of municipal heating projects in New
York, throughout the United States and internationally.
The study will evaluate the availability of wood
biomass from sustainable sources of wood residue in and around Tupper
Lake, the Adirondack Park and surrounding areas. Wood residue sources
to be studied include unadulterated wood, such as forestry residue,
utility clippings, saw mill and furniture manufacturing residues.
The study would also evaluate combustion methods
such as direct burning and gasification. Wood gasification holds the
promise to be significantly cleaner than wood burning in boilers. It
has been shown to result in cleaner combustion, and produces
substantially less ash and particulate matter than other wood-burning
processes for producing electricity.
In July 2005, NYPA issued a bid solicitation for the
Tupper Lake Wood Utilization Cogeneration Project Feasibility Study.
The conclusions drawn from this feasibility study, when completed, will
provide answers necessary to evaluate future expenditure decisions
related to the development of the Wood Utilization Cogeneration
Project. It is expected the feasibility study will be completed within
The Tri-Lakes Agreement includes a commitment by
NYPA and Tupper Lake to implement on-site generation projects such as
the biomass generation to further economic development opportunities
Another element of the Tri-Lakes Agreement is the
Tri-Lakes Reliability Project. NYPA and Niagara Mohawk are currently
involved in plans to license and build a new 46 kilovolt power line into
Tupper Lake to improve the reliability of the limited electric system in