$50 million wood-fueled plant set for Dorchester

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Construction could start later this year on a $50 million plant that will burn wood waste to produce electricity in Dorchester County.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Tuesday that Southeast Renewable Energy plans to build three plants around the state.

The state-owned utility Santee Cooper has approved a 30-year contract to buy power from the company.

Officials say the Dorchester County plant should be open by late 2012 and will create 20 jobs.

Southeast Renewable Energy president and chief executive Raine Cotton says a second plant will be built in Kershaw County and the location for the third plant has not been decided.

Santee Cooper already produces some electricity from methane gas captured at landfills.

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