Biomass project update

Craig Timm, Manager, Public Affairs

It’s been a year since the Domtar Board of Directors gave final approval to proceed with the biomass energy project in Rothschild, and considerable progress has been made.

Initially announced by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle; WE Energies CEO Gale Klappa; and President and CEO John D. Williams on September 1, 2009, the formal approval put a positive stamp on countless hours of hard effort by employees and tremendous support from national, state and local officials, business groups and labor unions.

Domtar and WE Energies, which provides electric service to customers in portions of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, are moving toward a fall 2013 commercial operation and production start. There’s a lot of work still to be completed, but the mild winter of 2012 helped with the construction schedule.

This partnership will result in the construction of a 50 megawatt biomass-fueled power cogeneration plant at the Rothschild Mill and virtually eliminate the facility’s use of fossil fuels. It will also help generate extra power for the WE Energies grid.