Grant supports Kentucky pellet project
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A proposed 75,000-ton-per-year pellet project in Harlan County, Kentucky, is expected to benefit from a $2.52 million grant. The funds will be used to leverage an additional $10.5 million in private investment from Harlan Wood products LLC. The project is to be located at a previously reclaimed abandoned mine lands site in Yancey, Kentucky. Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced that the Harlan County Industrial Development Authority Inc. received preliminary approval from the U.S. Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation Enforcement for the grant. While Harlan Wood Products will provide the investment to purchase and install
the equipment used in the manufacturing process, the Harlan County Industrial Development Authority will use the $2.52 million to insure that the site has the necessary water, natural gas and electric, foundation work and shell facility to house the equipment and access road upgrades. Pellets produced at the facility are expected to be exported to Europe, primarily Italy and Denmark, for sale into the residential and commercial markets. Feedstock for the plant is expected to consist of cull timber and branches greater than 4 inches in diameter that remain from area logging operations, as well as sawdust from nearby wood processing facilities.
Colombo Energy achieves qualification under Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program Greenwood, South Carolina-based Colombo Energy has qualified under the Pellet Fuel Instituteâ€™s Standards Program, a thirdparty accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel. To date, 17 pellet manufacturing companies have qualified under the standards program, with a combined 29 pellet production facilities. â€œIt is now becoming more likely than not that a pellet fuels customer is purchas-
ing pellets from a qualified producer,â€? said Chris Amey, chairman of the PFI board of directors. â€œThe Quality Mark on the bag lets a consumer know that they are purchasing fuel from an independently evaluated pellet producer. If youâ€™re not sure, ask your retailer about how to identify the Quality Mark on pellet bags. We welcome Colombo Energy into the PFI Standards Program and look forward to many more PFI Standards Program members.â€?