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Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant
Photo Credit/Copyright: Utopian Empire Creativeworks | 19-December 2009
Enormous Woodpile that Feeds the Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant
Photo Credit/Copyright: Utopian Empire Creativeworks | 19-December 2009
Recent Winter Forest Clear-cut Activity Near Cadillac
Photo Credit/Copyright: Utopian Empire Creativeworks | 19-December 2009
Brown Smog Downwind from the Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant
Photo Credit/Copyright: Utopian Empire Creativeworks | 19-December 2009
NOTES RELATED TO THE IMAGES ABOVE

Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant: For a sense of scale when it comes to the size of this biomass plant, note the two cars and the three pickups parked next to the building in the lower left corner where the two loops connect (or the semi truck with trailer in at the bottom of this view). Biomass plants are enormous.

A 50 MW wood burning biomass plant under a 20% RPS mandate would produce 700,000,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.

Numerous health studies have linked short- and long-term exposure to elevated levels of Particulate Matter emitted from biomass burning with a wide range of damaging impacts on the circulatory system and lungs. The public health concerns intensify when wood-burning units are located near homes, schools or hospitals in close proximity to sensitive populations, such as children, asthmatics, and individuals with pre-existing respiratory disease or cardiac problems.

The project employs 20 workers who are cross-trained to be qualified to perform both operations and maintenance functions, keeping staffing to a minimum. more

Enormous Woodpile that Feeds the Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant: The number of trees to power a biomass plant is beyond the comprehension of most people. A typical biomass plant requires 13,000 tons of green biomass to generate one megawatt of biomass power for one year, or 35 tons of green wood per megawatt per day (multiply these numbers by 10 for a 10-Megawatt plant, or 50 for a 50-Megawatt plant). Wood dust is classified as a Group 1 Carcinogen by the International Association for Research on Cancer.

This 38 megawatt, $58,500,000 wood-fueled project is located in Cadillac, Michigan. It sells electricity to Consumers Energy Company under a 35-year contract. The facility burns in excess of 400,000 tons per year of wood, tires and other waste. About 30 days of fuel is inventoried on site in a covered storage area.

Recent Winter Clear cut Activity Near Cadillac: In spite of claims of only using "scrap wood" clear cutting of Michigan Forests continues into the winter. This photo illustrates what clear cutting of Michigan forests looks like from above where it isn't hidden from the road view by a few rows of live trees. You can clearly see the tire tracks from the heavy machinery.
Brown Smog Downwind from the Cadillac Biomass/Cogeneration Plant: I have been flying small aircraft since the 60's. This is the first time I am seeing notable layers of brown smog in northern Michigan. This image was taken downwind from the Cadillac biomass/cogeneration power plant on a clear crisp winter's day
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BIO

M'Lynn Hartwell produced this report, and was the photographer for each of these images. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this material.This report and these photos were funded solely by Ms. Hartwell from personal funds.

M'Lynn Hartwell is a media producer, journalist, communications, and energy consultant. Her accomplishments include working to halt the first wave of so-called “clean” coal plants, including several in Michigan. As a public interest intervener, she is working to include currently uncounted costs such as health effects from burning coal and biomass, including, but not limited to, mercury contamination, air and water pollution, global warming, water use and future constrained water supplies, environmental justice, and toxic chemicals in groundwater.

M'Lynn is available to provided energy consulting, speech writing, and OpEd writing. She speaks frequently on electricity, coal, carbon sequestration, and other energy issues. She and her associates are committed to promoting the public interest in energy issues