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[NEWS] Utility Offers $750M to Buy Gainesville, FL Biomass Facility

– by Andrew Caplan, February 24, 2017, Gainesville Sun

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Gainesville Regional Utilities officials confirmed Friday that they’ve sent a proposal to the biomass plant’s president, Jim Gordon, offering $750 million to buy the plant outright.

GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski sent The Sun a copy of the proposed memorandum of understanding (MOU) and said biomass plant officials haven’t agreed to the deal, nor has it been discussed publicly.

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[OPINION] How Trump Could Save Coal With Wood Pellets

– by William Strauss, March 15, 2017, Biomass Magazine

CoalDemandforPowerGenerationChart-01_14894189956464-300x300-noupThe use of U.S.-produced wood pellet fuel blended with coal in large utility power stations could sustain coal mining jobs, create tens of thousands of new jobs in another sector that is experiencing significant job losses—the forest products sector—and stimulate billions of dollars of new investment in new U.S. manufacturing plants.

By supporting the blending of industrial wood pellet fuel with coal in pulverized coal (PC) power plants, policy will lock in the need for PC power plants, therefore guaranteeing significant demand for coal. This well-proven strategy, which is already in place in many other countries, can provide certainty for the need for U.S.-produced coal for decades, and certainty for U.S. coal mining jobs.

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[NEWS] Academics Slam Chatham House Bioenergy Report as “Misleading”

– by Liz Gyekye, March 13, 2017, Bioenergy Insight

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More than 125 academics have joined the International Energy Agency Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Bioenergy) slamming Chatham House’s recent report on bioenergy, calling it ‘misleading.

The group of academics from across the world and the IEA state that the report “does not present an objective overview of the current state of scientific understanding with respect to the climate effects of bioenergy”.

They are urging the Chatham House author to “reconsider flawed policy recommendations.”

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[NEWS] Report: Biomass Energy Impacts Climate Change

– by Matt McGrath, February 23, 2017, BBC News

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Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.

That’s according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal.

Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, the author says.

But the industry rejected the report saying that wood energy cuts carbon significantly compared to fossil fuels.

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[NEWS] Gainesville, Florida Utility Eager to Discuss Biomass Buy

– by Andrew Caplan, February 2, 2017, Gainesville Sun

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Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Ed Bielarski said Thursday he’s “extremely motivated” by potential savings to utility customers he says might be realized if GRU bought the controversial biomass plant.

Gainesville residents have paid the price — via hefty power bills — in recent years for the city and municipal-owned utility agreeing to terms with the owners of the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center biomass plant.

Bielarski responded to questions Thursday about a potential purchase of the plant, often called GREC, as a way to “make up” for city and GRU officials agreeing several years ago to what they consider an unfavorable deal — perhaps saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.

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