POSTED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 12:14pm
Lufkin, TX — Aspen Power President Danny Vines said Monday that he was forced to lay off 30 additional unpaid employees on Friday, leaving only seven workers to maintain the plant until it reopens in March. Vines said he now has a signed power purchase agreement in place, but that he would not announce the customer’s name until the plant reopens.
The shuttered 57-megawatt biomass power plant in North Lufkin was scheduled to open again Dec. 1, but that has been reset to March 1, according to Vines, due to a Department of Energy permit on which he is awaiting approval. Vines said the permit is required in order to keep Aspen Power in compliance with federal regulations now that a signed agreement to purchase power on a continual basis is in place.
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