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Craig project plans to convert sawmill wood waste into energy


August 16, 2006
Wednesday AM

Craig, Alaska - Governor Frank H. Murkowski and US Senator Lisa Murkowski met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Mark Rey on Sunday in Craig to review plans for a project to convert sawmill wood waste into energy to heat the local school and swimming pool.

"This project is a tremendous win for the city and school district, which together will save about $60,000 each year on heating costs. It is also a win for the sawmill to have a buyer for wood waste that it must currently stockpile," Murkowski said. "I look forward to this facility going into operation in about a year."

Construction on the facility, estimated to cost $1.4 million to build, will begin this fall and it should be ready for operation by the beginning of the school year next fall. It is being funded through a combination of grants and loans from the Alaska Energy Authority, the Denali Commission, the US Forest Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency of the Department of Agriculture. The City of Craig will also provide a match.

According to Jon Bolling, Craig city administrator, the facility will consume about 800 tons of wood waste annually. It is currently in the design stage.




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