- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) - A plant built to convert beetle-killed trees into electricity in western Colorado is still shut down three months after a fire and likely won’t open until the summer.

The plant in Gypsum was built by Provo, Utah-based Eagle Valley Clean Energy using about $40 million in federal loan guarantees. The aim was to provide about 7 percent of the electricity provided by Holy Cross Energy, an electric co-operative that serves five Colorado counties, including the Aspen and Vail areas.

Eagle Valley spokeswoman Sarah Baker told the Vail Daily newspaper (https://bit.ly/18TcXEn) that the December fire damaged the plant’s conveyor belts but not its boilers or generators. She said the damage would take another “few months” to repair.

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Information from: Vail Daily, https://www.vaildaily.com/

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