U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be in South Carolina Monday, along with host of state and national dignitaries. Chu will visit the Savannah River site for the groundbreaking of yet another large scale energy project. A biomass project groundbreaking that will add to the state’s developing arsenal of energy production.
The plant will become one the largest biomass facilities in the country–using clean energy resources to produce steam for industrial process and heating for buildings.
Last week, South Carolina landed 98 million dollars in federal and matching funds to become a major developer of wind energy for the East Coast.
Biomass will join wind turbine production to help SC capitalize on new energy opportunities. Berkeley Senator Paul Campbell has been an active advocate for developing new energy sources in South Carolina.
Campbell told SCRN, “We still need biomass, we still need wind, we still need solar, we still need nuclear, we still need gas, we still need coal. All of the above. The answer is not one thing, it’s all of the things working in conjunction with each other so that we do meet our current need for energy and are prepared for our energy needs for the future.”
State and national officials will join Energy Secretary Chu in Greenville to tour the GE energy site and to a meeting at Clemson’s ICAR facilities.