Ohio utility plans biomass conversion

FirstEnergy has announced plans to repower units 4 and 5 at its RE Burger Plant in Shadyside, Ohio, to generate power using mostly biomass. According to the company, the capital cost for retrofitting the Burger Plant to burn biomass is approximately $200 million. Once the project is completed, units 4 and 5 of the Burger Plant would be capable of producing up to 312 megawatts (MWs) of electricity-its current capacity-which is enough to power approximately 190,000 homes. With the completion of this project, FirstEnergy's portfolio of renewable energy could reach more than 1,100 MWs, including 451 MWs of pumped-storage hydro and 376 MWs of wind power.