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Power plant could come back to life
Glenn Zane, co-owner of
Big Valley Power, has guided efforts to put the
power plant back on line and to reopen the mill.
The Big Valley Lumber
mill closed in 2001, leaving more than 100 people
out of work. Much of the equipment was sold later
that year at an auction. The negative impact on the
Big Valley economy was devastating.
Zane and his partner,
Brad Seaberg, joined forces with National Power, a
power plant development group with projects in
several western states and Australia, to complete
the purchase last April.
Zane said the new
company purposely did not announce its plans until
now to avoid raising expectations among Big Valley
With resumed operations
imminent, Zane said his company is interviewing
prospective employees for selected jobs. The
reopening could add 50 to 60 jobs by late 2005.
One of the past
difficulties was a lack of timber from the Big
Valley Sustained Yield Unit, about 105,000 acres of
Forest Service land in the Modoc National Forest,
even though timber from the unit is specifically
directed by law to the Big Valley timber industry.
To avoid future timber
shortages, Big Valley Power has secured two timber
sales from the Forest Service, including one in the
sustained yield unit. The sales, he hopes, will
supply biomass for power generation and saw logs for
"a very small sawmill."
Zane credits Bob
Pauley, former plant manager from Lookout, and Bob
McDonald, the former sawmill manager and an Adin
resident, with working diligently to bring the plant
back into operation.
It's expected the power plant will eventually produce about seven megawatts of power, enough electricity for about 7,000 homes.
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