Avista’s Kettle Falls Generating Station is a biomass fuel generating plant in Kettle Falls, Wash. It began operating in October 1983 and celebrates its 25th year of operations in October 2008.
The plant burns wood waste to produce steam, which runs a turbine and generator that can produce a maximum output of 53 megawatts of electricity. The plant also operates a natural gas-fired combined-cycle combustion turbine that produces 8 MW, bringing the electricity output of the entire plant (including biomass and natural gas-fired operations) to 61 MW; enough electricity to power nearly 46,000 homes.
The plant was the first electric generating station of its kind constructed within the United States for the sole purpose of producing electricity from wood waste.
How the Plant and Biomass Works
The video below "From Wood Waste to Power" was created more than two decades ago and chronicles the dedication of Avista’s Kettle Falls Generating Station in 1983 while providing an overview of its early operations. Due to its age, some statements and facts in the video are dated.
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