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

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

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Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (Photo: GRU)

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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[NEWS] Proposed California Biomass Energy Facility Would Use Dead Trees

– by Anna Simet, February 7, 2017, Biomass Magazine

mariposa_county_1486509590116-300x300-noupA proposed 2-MW biomass power project in California’s Mariposa County is one step closer to reality.

The Mariposa Biomass Project, a non-profit community group in Mariposa, California, recently closed escrow on two parcels for its future location, the group announced. It will be located in the Mariposa Industrial Park, near the Mariposa County Solid Waste Facility and PG&E substation.

The project received a USDA U.S. Forest Service 2016 Wood Innovations grant of $244,000, and is in the running to score a $5 million California Energy Commission EPIC grant. Stephen Smallcombe, the group’s CTO said that the EPIC grant is critical to the project moving forward. A similar biomass power plant in North Fork, California, currently being constructed by Phoenix Energy, was a previous EPIC grant recipient.

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[NEWS] An Early Look at How Maine’s Biomass Bailout Is Being Spent

– by Darren Fishell, February 11, 2017, Bangor Daily News

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Photo: Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News

In January, two biomass generators tallied their first payments under a state subsidy program, taking in more than $241,000 from a $13.4 million pool of taxpayer dollars.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission last week published its first status report on disbursements from the fund that will go to ReEnergy’s Ashland and Fort Fairfield biomass generators and to the West Enfield and Jonesboro generators that Stored Solar has restarted after purchasing the facilities from Covanta last year.

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[NEWS] Maine’s $13M Biomass Bailout Will Mean Jobs, But At a Cost of $23,700 Each

– by Darren Fishell, January 27, 2017, Bangor Daily News

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Photo: Gabor Degre

To keep their share of a $13.4 million bailout over the next two years, two Maine biomass plant operators have promised to keep 87 people employed, according to agreement details disclosed for the first time this week.

The bailout, which was sought by the logging industry after several paper mill and biomass plant closures, also promises to restore employment in the woods. In addition, the companies — ReEnergy and Stored Solar, which purchased two Covanta plants in Maine — will invest a combined $4.5 million into their plants.

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[NEWS] Loggers Want to Keep New York Biomass Facility Open Past 2017

– by David Sommerstein, December 29, 2017, North Country Public Radio

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Photo: David Sommerstein

The biomass plant in Lewis County has a positive outlook for 2017, but big question marks after that. ReEnergy Holdings owns the plant in Lyonsdale that produces electricity from logging scraps. The plant’s future could have a big impact on loggers in the Tug Hill Plateau region.

The Lyonsdale plant went offline last spring because cheap natural gas was pushing down electricity prices. About twenty people were laid off. North Country loggers lost a big customer.

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