Downtown to be Heated by Waste Wood
The Seattle Steam Company (Now known as Enwave Seattle), located just west of the Four Seasons off Western Avenue, will be heating approximately half of Seattle with wood. Since 1894 the company has heated the Central Business District from coal to natural gas.
Apparently the company has recently broke ground on the new hybrid waste-wood and natural gas plant just recently and will be able to provide 60% of energy from wood.
Combusting waste wood closes the “carbon loop,” said Patrick Mazza, research director for Climate Solutions, a Seattle-based research and advocacy groupe.
“You’re contrasting a fuel source that has been notably volatile in terms of price with a local, renewable fuel source,” he said. “It’s one of those things that we know to do well, but that we’ve kind of forgot during the age of cheap energy.