Downed trees used to create electricity

Aug 7, 2011

Tons of trees felled by a spring storm that swept across Calhoun County will be used to help generate power for residents and businesses in Mid-Michigan.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a two-story pile of limbs and branches will be fed into the Genesee Power Station in Flint, which uses wood fuel to create electricity.

The debris pile has been growing at the Community Compost Center in Marengo Township, about 110 miles west of Detroit.

Wood from the downed trees has been going into a wood-chipping machine since Tuesday to be grinded down into mulch.

Calhoun County has approved $30,000 for Mid-Michigan Recycling to do the work.

An estimated $25 million in damage was caused by the May 29 storm that felled the trees.