Best Cogen Christmas

The Best Christmas Ever

Word has filtered down to our little county that Red Emmerson is going to give us a Christmas present: The Cogen Plant will start up around the first of January!

This news is not only "Merry Christmas" to the workers at the Loyalton plant, but to the businesses in Loyalton, and indeed, the entire county.

More than that: we now have a local place to take our biomass. This is no small thing, as the health and perhaps even the life of the county depend on it.

According to Mark Pawlicki, Sierra Pacific Industries publicist, Jim Turner is quoted as saying

"We will be bringing more fuel to the plant and will make an effort to call employees back to work who were terminated."


In a discussion, Mr. Turner said he hoped the cogen plant will be up the first week in January.  We join him in that hope!

Thanks have to go to the people who worked hard for this moment: Jim Turner, Manager of the SPI Loyalton cogen plant. Peter Huebner, and Dave Goicoechea, Sierra County Supervisors who have worked tirelessly often behind the scenes to have the plant reopen. Mike Freschi and Cindy Noble of the Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council. Friends of the cogen plant in Nevada County, and Plumas Sierra Rural Electrical Cooperative who provided technical and moral support for those trying to get support for the plant, and most of all, to Santa Claus, for the Best Christmas Ever.

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