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[NEWS] Gypsum, Colorado Biomass Owners Send $186,000 Bill to Town

– by Pam Boyd, April 2, 2017, Vail Daily

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Photo: Josh Schlossberg / The Biomass Monitor

Clearwater Ventures and Eagle Valley Clean Energy have submitted a bill for $186,000 to the town of Gypsum for costs associated with a condemnation action that was struck down by a district court judge.

In an order issued earlier this month, Eagle County District Court Judge Frederick Gannett ruled that the town of Gypsum failed to follow its own regulations when it launched a condemnation action against Clearwater Ventures LLC, the owner of the property where the Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass plant is located.

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[NEWS] Proposed California Biomass Facility Awarded $5 Million

– by Camptonville Community Partnership, March 29, 2017, Yuba.net

usa-camptonville-caThe planned community-scale Camptonville, California forest bioenergy power plant is proposed to receive $4.9MM in funding from the California Energy Commission as part of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant program, Demonstrate and Evaluate Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Woody Biomass-to-Electricity Systems category.

The project is one of two in the State that are proposed for funding, with the other being the Mariposa Biomass Project. Camptonville’s 3 MW direct combustion boiler steam turbine generator power plant will integrate advanced emissions controls and a state-of-the-art low water use condenser using the EPIC funding and will be the first of its kind in California.

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[NEWS] Gainesville, Biomass Company Rejects City’s Offer to Purchase Facility

– by Andrew Caplan, April 7, 2017, Gainesville Sun

GREC-woodpile-1After a lengthy debate over what the city of Gainesville should do with the biomass plant, commissioners voted 4-3 to listen to its Utility Advisory Board and lower its $750 million offer for the facility by $75 million.

In less than 12 hours from that decision, Gainesville Renewable Energy Center president Jim Gordon rejected the offer.

He was brief in his response to Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Ed Bielarski.

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[NEWS] New Hampshire Biomass Facility to Close

– by David Carkhuff, April 11, 2017, Laconia Daily Sun

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Indeck Energy (Photo: NHBR)

Indeck Energy’s biomass plant in Alexandria will close April 30, affecting 16 employers and dozens of vendors and wood suppliers. But legislators hope to reverse one trend in energy markets in a bid to end the temporary closure.

Alexandria, a Lakes Region community of about 1,500 residents, is home to the 15-megawatt power plant fueled by biomass, the wood and organic material counted as a source of renewable energy.

“The decision to temporarily close was driven by revenue shortfalls created by the twin drivers of a really poor wholesale energy market and by low renewable energy credit market prices that really made operation of the plant economically unsustainable,” said Richard J. Killion, managing partner with Elevare Communications of Concord, a marketing firm representing Indeck Energy.

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[NEWS] Biomass Facility Rejection Taken to Vermont Supreme Court

– by Gordon Dritschilo, March 29, 2017, Rutland Herald

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Proposed Fairhaven Biomass Facility (Graphic: Beaver Wood Energy)

An attempt to revive a biomass project has hit a speed bump that has the developer taking his case to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Ted Verrill, owner of Pequot Energy in Connecticut, has filed notice he is appealing the Public Service Board’s rejection of a powerpurchase agreement that would have paved the way for the former Beaver Wood Energy project — now referred to as Fair Haven Generation — to resume development.

Pequot owns the Fair Haven project, and was pursuing a power purchase agreement with VEPP Inc., the nonprofit organization administering two renewable energy programs on behalf of the state.

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Biomass Energy: Carbon Neutral or Not? [SPRING 2017]

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Biomass Energy: Carbon Neutral or Not?

Study Assesses Economic Benefits of Biomass Energy on Rural Communities

OPINION: Middlebury College Declares Carbon Neutrality, Thanks to Biomass

OPINION: Middlebury Biomass Not Carbon Neutral 

 

 

[NEWS] Court Overturns Gypsum, CO’s Condemnation of Biomass Facility Land

– by Jason Blevins, March 24, 2017, Denver Post

Eagle_Valley_captionAn Eagle County District Court has rejected the Town of Gypsum’s condemnation of land next to the Eagle River owned by a biomass plant operator, saying the town failed to follow its own rules for publicly announcing its eminent domain plans.

Judge Frederick Gannett said Gypsum’s town council “acted arbitrarily and took actions beyond its authority” when it approved an ordinance allowing the town to launch eminent domain proceedings against the landowner.

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