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JOSEPH C. MCNEIL GENERATING STATION WOOD FUEL FACTS

McNeil wood fuel harvesting standards: 
  • Protect aesthetic quality near hiking trails
  • Follow accepted soil erosion control practices
  • Promote healthy growth in forests
  • Protect wildlife habitat, endangered species, wetlands and streams

McNeil Station benefits:
  • Uses locally available fuel source
  • Consumes 400,000 tons of wood per year, which displaces 800,000 barrels of imported oil
  • Contributes to the regional economy ($90,000,000 since 1984)
  • Provides jobs for Vermonters
  • Improves Vermont forests
McNeil wood chip supply:
  • 70% produced from low-quality trees and logging waste
  • 25% produced from residues (chips and bark from local sawmills)
  • 5% comes from clean recycled wood

McNeil statistics at full load:
  • Produces 50 megawatts (MW) of power
  • Consumes 76 tons of wood per hour

McNeil air quality:
  • Air quality control devices limit stack emissions to one-tenth of the level allowed by Vermont regulators
  • Stack emissions are one one-hundredth of level allowed by Federal regulators

Did you know??
  • McNeil harvesting standards have improved the health and productivity of over 40,000 acres of Vermont forests.
  • These standards are unique to Vermont and are the most stringent of any wood consumer in the state.
  • Professional foresters monitor all harvests and a Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist must approve proposed harvests
  • Harvests must meet approved guidelines for forest management and soil and water protection
  • The McNeil Station provides a market for about 54,000 tons per year of wood residues otherwise slated for local landfills.
  • Wood is a renewable fuel which does not contribute to global warming.
  • The current annual harvest for all wood products is less than half the annual growth.
  • The McNeil Generating Station is jointly-owned by: BED (operator and 50% owner); Central Vermont Public Service (20%); Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (19%); and, Green Mountain Power (11%).


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