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Bioenergy plant shows process used to make, save energy

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Finding ways to supply energy in a clean and renewable way is becoming quite popular across the county.

For the past 25 years, Craven County Wood Energy has been using Mother Nature to do just that. The company is a 50-megawatt wood waste fueled power plant and consumes roughly 500,000 tons of wood waste each year.

Getting a tour of the facility, the process starts with trucks unloading millions of tiny wood chips into a barrel. The trucks get tilted about 60 degrees in the air. Once the wood chips are in the barrel, they then get processed into a wood mill.

When the wood chips are processed they get put into a furnace where they are turned into fuel. That fuel is then converted into steam, which then powers the generator for energy.

Roughly 30,000 homes benefit from this clean energy each year.

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