LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Local electricity providers spent part of Wednesday afternoon teaching people about bioenergy.
Xcel Energy representatives talked about their use of wood and other organic materials as a sustainable, renewable and carbon-friendly energy source. The event, hosted at American Home Fireplace and Patio, was held in observance of the fifth annual National Bioenergy Day.
Xcel’s bioenergy plant in La Crosse provides another source of electricity while helping the environment.
“At some of our smaller plants, we’re trying to use the resources that are out there that would normally be landfilled, so you’re saving landfill, you’re producing energy, and we’re able to do it in a very environmentally friendly way with the technology we put into our plants,” said Xcel Energy Community Service Manager Mike Herro.
Xcel Energy’s bioenergy plant in La Crosse provides electricity to about 12,000 homes. Each year the plant burns nearly 40,000 pounds of wood waste alone.