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VT college to inaugurate biomass generator

April 14, 2010

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POULTNEY, Vt.—Green Mountain College in Poultney is going to inaugurate a new biomass generating facility that will produce 20 percent of the electricity used by the Vermont school and 85 percent of its heat.

The $5.8 million facility is expected to burn 4,400 tons of wood chips a year, displacing 200,000 gallons of heating oil.

The college plans to inaugurate the plant on April 22, Earth Day.

Provost Bill Throop tells the Rutland Herald the electricity generating turbine won't be assembled until summer, but the heating function is running.

Throop says that with other changes such as window replacement, a new transportation policy and other changes the college could become carbon neutral by next year.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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