Craven County Wood Energy Limited Partnership (CCWE) owns and operates a biomass fueled power generating facility near New Bern, NC, utilizing a conventional combustion boiler and steam turbine process. The nominal capacity is 50 megawatts. CCWE has been a dependable source of sustainable energy since commercial operation began, averaging 95% availability over the life of the project. CCWE was originally developed to serve a 45 megawatt contract for firm capacity and energy to Progress Energy Carolinas under a 15 year contract that began on January 1, 1991 and expired on December 31, 2005. In 2004, CCWE, LP set in motion a redevelopment initiative that culminated in transitioning CCWE from a Progress Energy Carolina’s resource to a PJM Interconnect resource. CCWE began delivering 47 megawatts of clean sustainable, renewable energy on a non-recallable basis into the PJM market through a commercial market node in 2006.
CCWE produces clean sustainable, renewable energy by utilizing the clean waste materials such as bark, mill residuals, and other waste wood, such as tree trimmings, recycled pallets, clean wood from landfills, wood shavings recovered from local brooder house poultry growing operations, wood chips and residue that are a byproducts of logging operations and waste railroad ties. The facility uses no fossil fuels with the exception of small amounts of propane for startup purposes only.
Craven County Wood Energy operates under and complies with a Title V air quality permit, No. 06419T16 and a NPDES permit, No. NC0075281.
Farmers in eastern North Carolina counties utilize fly ash produced at the facility as a liming agent. This program was developed in cooperation with the NC State Cooperative Extension Service and the NCDENR Division of Solid Waste Management. Bottom ash is used as roadbed material for farm and logging roads.
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