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Electric Co-operatives Partner Up For Wood-Fueled Plant in East Texas

Wood-fueled plant brings jobs to east Texas

Posted: Jun 26, 2012 7:14 PM EDT

Updated: Jun 26, 2012 7:22 PM EDT

Hundreds of jobs are coming to Woodville thanks to the East Texas Electric Cooperative who’s joined forces with four other local energy cooperatives to use wood for east texans electricity.

“Today represents the future of the lone star state. Our population is gonna double in the next five decades that means a whole new east Texas region that needs power, that needs water, that needs food,” said Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

Plenty of people showed up at the groundbreaking to support the Woodville Renewable Power Project that’s expected to provide power to 35,000 homes.

“Today energy and agriculture come together because this bio mass plant is taking a renewable natural resource, turning it into energy for our home and our businesses,” said Staples.

Wood for the plant will come from the waste of NAPCO, a local lumber company, which is why it’s being called “renewable” by project leaders.

“Not having enough power threatens our competitive standing around the country side. We know with the triple digit temps there have been rolling blackouts in parts of Texas. We don’t want that for east Texas,” said Staples about the project will bring $25 million in local economic activity, 250 construction jobs, and 25 permanent jobs to east Texas and that’s something to be excited about.

Source: 12 News (

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