Locally produced electricity for 13,000 homes will soon start to flow through Eugene’s power lines. Seneca Jones has completed construction of its $45 million cogeneration plant. Some two years in the making, before long, the plant will be feeding our power grid. The cogeneration plant will use woody biomass—a renewable resource—produced from the mill and forests.
The concept isn’t entirely new however. The old Weyerhauser mill in Springfield has a power generation plant producing over 2 ½ times Seneca’s 18.8 megawatts. And, old timers will remember that EWEB used to burn hog-fuel (a very coarse saw dust) at its facility on the banks of the Willamette River.
Eugene is known for being green and environmentally friendly. We also benefit from inexpensive electricity—keeping our cost of living down. It’s an interesting world in which brush from the woods can be powering our cars.