After reporting last issue on a presentation by Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council’s CEO, where the importance of biomass removal was emphasized, rumors swirled around Loyalton’s Cogen last weekend regarding shutdown and layoffs.
We reached out to American Renewable Power (ARP) CEO, Kevin Lee for comment.
Kevin stated there were some layoffs last week at the co-generation plant. He said they had done everything they could to prevent it, but are in a slow period right now. Kevin stressed that they have every intention to come back on line and restart in the near term.
He stated there were certain fundamental operating issues to address and then they can be there for their employees, vendors, and serve the wildfire reduction efforts in our community.
Kevin wanted residents to know that they have received the most positive support from the community and included Steve Frisch from Sierra Business Council who has been very supportive and extremely helpful.
Kevin concluded by stating the cost to move biomass is expensive and expressed the need to address long term fuel and regulatory issues.