Sterling biomass facility accepting Sandy debris

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The ReEnergy biomass facility in Sterling has been modified to accept storm debris from Hurricane Sandy.
The Sterling biomass facility operated by New York-based ReEnergy Holdings has diversified its fuel sources to take debris from Hurricane Sandy to burn for electricity.

The facility at Sterling Industrial Park previously only took tires and other waste materials to produce 200,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually but has expanded its fuel sources to include storm debris along with pallets, clean wood, and forest residues.

During the 2011 power outages in August and October, Connecticut towns had more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris, with cost exceeding $2 million to haul it away, said Michael Buckley, regional director of asset management at ReEnergy.

Following those 2011 storms, ReEnergy decided to convert the Sterling biomass facility and market it to Connecticut cities and towns as a debris removal solution.