IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A September storm that toppled dozens of trees at a recreation area north of Iowa City has provided the University of Iowa with tons of fuel for its power plant.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported the damaged trees from Macbride Nature Recreation Area have been ground into 25 tons of wood chips to be burned with coal to help power the university.
The university’s Office of Sustainability wants to be using 40 percent renewable energy by 2020. Replacing coal with biomass — such as wood chips, hulls from Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, and certain varieties of grass— is an important part of the initiative.
The university has been using biomass in combination with coal at the power plant for 10 years.