Commencing Construction

Iberdrola will produce enough power for 18,000 Oregon homes by 2012.
By | November 23, 2010

As a result of collaboration of state and community leaders, local industry groups, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and others, Iberdrola Renewables Inc. has its required permits and has begun construction on its 26.8-megawatt biomass cogeneration plant in Lakeview, Ore.

Iberdrola, predominantly a developer of wind energy projects, plans to produce enough power for 18,000 homes in southern Oregon’s Lake County by the fall of 2012.

The project was owned by two other companies before being acquired by Iberdrola, which received a $1.7 million Recovery Act grant to help with costs.

The 55-acre plant site is about 20 miles from the California border next to Collins Pine Co.’s Fremont sawmill. Much of the power plant’s fuel will be logging and mill residuals from the sawmill’s operations. In turn, the plant will provide the sawmill with the equivalent of 2 megawatts of steam to power its operations. In total, the plant will consume about 160,000 bone-dry tons of biomass.

When complete, Lakeview Cogeneration LLC will create 18 full-time jobs at the plant and an estimated 50-plus in the forest.

Electricity generated from the plant will be sold to local utilities, helping to meet the state's renewable portfolio standard (RPS). Oregon's RPS requires the largest utilities in Oregon to provide 25 percent of their retail sales of electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2025, smaller utilities 10 percent and the smallest 5 percent.


2 Responses

  1. Jan Johnson



    Mr. Zinda’s comments contain multiple errors regarding the Lakeview Biomass Cogeneration Plant that Iberdrola Renewables must correct. No monies were “given back” because no state or federal monies have been paid. Claims that this project have been “hurried” are completely false. This project has been in development for decades with careful studies undertaken on all environmental matters and state permits issued after thorough review. Iberdrola Renewables has worked hard to properly site the project on Collins Pine Company land which is zoned heavy industrial and sits just north of Collins’ Fremont lumber mill. This is an industrial area adjacent to a lumber mill that has been operating since the 1940s. We have worked closely with the Town of Lakeview to meet all zoning and local requirements, and the Town issued a site permit after thoughtful consideration. We plan to build the Lakeview project under the existing EPA rules. We’re confident that EPA will maintain its previous position on biomass recognizing the carbon neutrality of biomass energy. The concerns raised regarding the decommissioned Lakeview Processing Site are not relevant to the Biomass plant. The Biomass Project Site is outside the boundary of the “Lakeview Processing Site” identified by the USDOE; we will not be working within that Site Boundary. According to the US Department of Energy (USDOE) fact sheet for the Lakeview Processing Site, this site was remediated between 1986 and 1988. The USDOE and Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) have been proactively monitoring and testing for contamination since the remediation work in the late 1980s, and continue to do so today. Iberdrola Renewables has an award-winning track record for safety in the workplace and we are absolutely committed to making sure our employees, contractors and the public are not exposed to hazards associated with contaminated groundwater. Iberdorla Renewables has no need to drill a well for any purpose on the plant site. The plant will utilize dry cooling which reduces water use by over 80 percent compared to conventional cooling, one of its many environmental attributes. Lakeview is a great project that enjoys local support, state support and support from the environmental community. It generates jobs and improves forest health. The Lakeview Biomass Cogeneration Plant is the right project in the right place at the right time.

  2. Chris



    Why delete a response to misleading comments left by Ms. Johnson? Again, 1. Your company was allocated and chose to forgo $1.7 million in stimulus monies. Why? 2. While your proposed plant is not on the former contaminated uranium mill site, the groundwater UNDER your site is contaminated with the byproducts of the mill's operation.


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