Two shuttered power plants near the small eastern Arizona town of Snowflake have been purchased by a company controlled by entrepreneur and Arizona state Sen. Bob Worsley.
Worsley said Tuesday that the 24-megawatt Snowflake Power Plant will be up and producing power by early next week and employ 35 workers. Another 65 workers will be needed to supply forest products the biomass plant burns.
The connected 80 megawatt coal-fired plant will either be converted to natural gas or get new low-emission technology before restarting. Nova Power LLC also bought 7,000 acres around the plants 10 miles west of Snowflake that include a landfill for plant ashes.
The plants closed after the connected Catalyst Paper Mill shut down last year.
Worsley founded the SkyMall advertising magazine.
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