A $46 million biomass power facility is being constructed in Gypsum that is designed to provide the area with 12.5 megawatts of power and make up 23 percent of the energy used in several central Colorado communities. The fuel for that plant is biomass, which is made up of almost any plant material found in the forest. 

On Thursday afternoon, nearly 50 individuals gathered at Friendship Hall to learn about the biomass that is available on the Uncompahgre Plateau, the feasibility of using that material and the way in which other communities are moving forward to make use of biomass as a energy source.

Over the past two years, a team of scientists lead by Nate Anderson and John Hogland, both with the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station in Missoula, Mont., have been studying the amount 

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