LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The state's first biomass power plant, located in Lufkin, is idle again.
According to Aspen Power President Danny Vines, low prices for electricity forced the plant to shut down in early September. It will remain idle until Dec. 1, Vines said.
Come December, Aspen Power will be under a 10-year contract with a new company, which will be more profitable for the company.
The 38 employees on staff have been reduced to 32-hour work weeks until December.
The plant first powered up in August of 2011. It had to shut down in February until June 2012, because of low demand around the state for electricity.