Pennsylvania town to become energy self-sufficient

BIOMASS Magazine – By Erin Voegele

The borough of Smethport, Pa., plans to implement a community-wide woody-biomass powered combined heat and power (CHP) system. On March 5 the Smethport Board of Trade announced that the Pittsburgh-based Richard King Mellon Foundation had awarded the community a $50,000 planning and engineering grant to support the Smethport Woody Biomass Demonstration Project.

In addition, the borough is in the process of hiring a project engineer consultant to oversee the planning phase of the project. To fill this position the community is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) from engineering consultants and other professional organizations with experience in the design of district heating distribution and wood-fired combined heat and power systems. The deadline for submitting SOQs is March 25. Read more »