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John Deere, ADAGE Announce Biopower Alliance Beginning with Proposed Washington State Site

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February 04, 2010

February 4, 2010

John Deere and ADAGE LLC, a bioenergy joint venture formed between AREVA and Duke Energy, today announced an alliance to bring technology and process innovation to the fuel supply for sustainable woody biomass power projects.  The first project to be developed as part of the alliance will be ADAGE’s proposed facility in Mason County, Wash., 80 miles west of Seattle. 

The project involves collecting, bundling, and transporting branches and other wood debris from regional logging operations to the state-of-the-art ADAGE biomass power facility.  Deere makes all of the forestry equipment used to gather and bundle the wood debris.

Through this and future projects, John Deere and ADAGE seek to expand the use of woody biomass and raise public awareness about its promise as an environmentally sustainable and beneficial energy source.  The sustainable use of woody biomass can help address the challenges posed by climate change by:

  • advancing a low-carbon energy source
  • fostering energy independence and diversity
  • driving new energy technologies
  • protecting our forest resources from fire and infestation
  • revitalizing rural communities
  • promoting the importance of environmental stewardship

"John Deere has a proud history of both innovative environmental stewardship as well as customer dedication, and we believe our alliance with ADAGE builds on both.  For example, John Deere strives to promote a respect for the environment in the equipment it designs, including the efficient and low impact Biomass Harvesting Systems that will be used in the Mason County Project," said Domenic Ruccolo, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division. "At same time, by working with ADAGE to support its biopower facility, we can help generate new opportunities to revitalize forestry communities and create sustained jobs for loggers and others that serve these communities.”  

”ADAGE came to Washington nearly one year ago because of the great potential in the region for sustainable biomass. This alliance and the Mason County project are an extension of that vision and can become a new economic engine for the state,” said Reed Wills, President of ADAGE.  “The project will combine state-of-the-art biomass power technology with innovative forestry equipment that can make Washington a leader in the industry.  We believe that building a vibrant biomass industry means new jobs, healthier forests, and a stronger energy portfolio for Washington.”

The Mason County project will deploy ADAGE’s reference plant design which employs advanced environmental controls to minimize air emissions and water usage.  The proposed 55 megawatt facility will provide enough power for more than 40,000 homes. The $250 million initial investment will create more than 400 direct jobs during construction and more than 100 direct jobs during permanent operation.  ADAGE plans to begin construction in late 2010.

ADAGE and John Deere anticipate executing a formal contract later in 2010.


Jarret Adams
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4637
Email: jarret.adams@areva.com

Véronique Larlham
Phone: +1 (306) 343-4503
Email: veronique.larlham@areva.com