Cost of proposed biomass plant still volatile

In 2010, the University of Montana made an ambitious promise to be carbon neutral by 2020.

It may be difficult to imagine $16 million. But the University of Montana is asking students and the Missoula community to think about that much money with the school’s proposed woody biomass boiler plant.

The plant could mostly replace natural gas as the fuel source heating campus in an effort to reduce UM’s carbon footprint. Yet natural gas prices are sitting at a 13-month low, according to a report this week by CNBC.


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