Biomass, Renewables

Constellation Completes 50-MW Biomass Plant for Procter & Gamble

By Editors of Power Engineering

Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon, has completed a 50-MW biomass combined heat and power plant at Procter & Gamble’s Albany, Georgia paper manufacturing facility.

The plant, owned by Constellation, supplies steam to the facility as well as an 9.5-MW steam to electricity generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany. Electricity generated will go to Georgia Power.

P&G plans to obtain 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The biomass-fueled plant provides P&G with 100 percent of the energy used to manufacture Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue at that location. Along with P&G’s recent wind energy project in Texas, this plant nearly doubles the Company’s use of renewable energy. Together, these renewable projects get P&G nearly two-thirds of the way to its goal.

“By powering our Bounty and Charmin plant with renewable energy, consumers can feel good about putting these products in their carts,” said Stefano Zenezini, P&G Vice President Product Supply and Sustainability. “We are using our innovative capabilities and those of our external partners to drive meaningful change that is good for the environment and good for business.”

The plant’s fuel supply will come from locally abundant biomass including discarded tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood from local forestry operations, crop residuals, such as pecan shells and peanut hulls, and mill waste, such as sawdust.

Georgia Power’s energy purchase from Constellation was made possible under a program co-developed with, and approved by, the Georgia Public Service Commission.