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Mineral Community Hospital (Superior, MT) Installs Biomass Project

Superior hospital set to unveil biomass project

Posted: Apr 23, 2012 9:42 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Apr 23, 2012 9:43 AM

SUPERIOR- Mineral Community Hospital will officially unveil their new Biomass Energy System on Wednesday. Hospital officials say the new biomass system uses a combustion boiler that burns 180 tons of pellets per year and replaces the facility’s 1975 fuel-oil burning system.
It will create fewer emissions and lower heating and cooling costs by over $48,000 annually according to a news release.
MCH and Clark Valley Hospital in Plains are the first two hospitals in Montana to use woody biomass heating systems and hope to serve as models for other private and public institutions that are considering this fuel source throughout the region.
Mineral Community Hospital Director of Marketing Monica Ray says the annual energy cost savings will be used to improve patient care at the clinic and hospital. The wood pellets for the system are produced locally at the Eureka Pellet Mill in Superior and will help retain and create timber jobs in Mineral County.
The total cost of the project is $450,000, but a grant from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will offset the total cost by $175,000. The hospital also received a $5,000 grant from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to use for designing the system and over $40,000 of additional grants from the from Montana DNRC for the first year of fuel and the sale of the carbon credits.
“The new biomass system allows us to get our fuel locally, helping to stimulate the economy, saves us money, and will be more efficient than other heating alternatives,” hosptial CEO Steve Carty said.
Montana Lt. Governor John Bohlinger will attend Wednesday’s 1 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony.
“The Mineral Community Hospital biomass energy system is an important step in diversifying the energy we consume. Using biomass, a readily available local source of fuel, is cost-effective and keeps money in the local economy. The Schweitzer administration is proud to be a partner in this successful project,” Bohlinger stated.

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