Aspen Power can proceed to mothball a 50-MW biomass generation unit north of Houston without impairing reliability, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Friday.

Aspen Power announced plans on March 17 to suspend operations at the Lufkin Generating Station because of “poor” economics in the market on July 6. Commissioned in August 2011, the plant is Texas’ first wood-based biomass power plant.

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