Learn about biomass in Vail
VAIL – Residents can get information about a combined, biomass heat and power facility in Vail at an open house planned for Tuesday. The proposed facility would use beetle-killed wood to generate heat and electricity. The open house will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the lower level of the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail Village. Representatives from the project development company, the town of Vail, U.S. Forest Service and others involved in the project will be on hand to answer questions. The proposed biomass facility would generate 26 to 28 megawatts of heat and 6 to 8 megawatts of electricity annually, according to estimates provided by the project developer, Hayden, Cary & King, Co. In July, the developer submitted a $26 million grant request to the U.S. Department of Energy to construct and operate the facility. Most recently, the proposal has been selected as one of three projects warranting further consideration from among 80 grant requests across the country.For more information, contact Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator at 970-477-3455.