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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] 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] Gainesville, FL Biomass Facility Spills 9,000 Gallons of Wastewater

– October 3, 2016, Gainesville Sun

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Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (Photo: GRU)

The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, or GREC, announced late Monday afternoon that it accidentally discharged some 9,000 gallons of industrial-process water onto the ground.

The water, which contained a higher concentration of minerals than the water the plant uses to make power, spilled because of a power outage that led to an equipment failure at the biomass plant, according to a report by Alachua County’s Environmental Protection Department.

The 9,225 gallons would ordinarily have been pumped to a cooling tower basin, but instead mostly flowed to a storm water retention pond, company officials said.

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[NEWS] Gainesville, FL Brings Biomass Facility Back Online After Coal Facility Breakdown

– by Andrew Caplan, October 3, 2016, Gainesville Sun

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Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (Photo: GRU)

Gainesville Regional Utilities has switched back to biomass as the city’s main energy source after a mechanical failure at the municipal utility’s Deerhaven coal plant.

The switch was already in the works due to a previous issue, GRU officials said, but Thursday’s failure — which affected the emission control system — hurried the transition.

The issue occurred at the back end of Deerhaven Unit Two, said officials. No customer power outages occurred as a result.

“We’re still assessing the significance of it,” said Dino De Leo, GRU’s energy supply officer.

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[NEWS] Ethanol Facilities for Sale in Florida and Arkansas

– by Erin Voegele, September 7, 2016, Ethanol Producer Magazine

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Photo: Ineos Bio

Ineos Bio has announced its intent to sell its ethanol business, including the Ineos New Planet BioEnergy demonstration plant in Vero Beach, Florida, and the Ineos Bio USA Research Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, via a bid process targeting year end completion. The company said it has received expressions of interest from a number of potential suitors, is progressing negotiations, and hopes to make a decision on bidders and sale by the end of the year.

In a statement, Ineos Bio said the U.S. market for ethanol has changed and the economic drivers for development of the technology by Ineos are no longer aligned with the company’s strategic objectives. As a result, the company intends to sell its ethanol business.

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[NEWS] Is Trash Incineration Recycling?

– by Skyler Swisher, July 25, 2016, Sun Sentinel

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Photo: Sun Sentinel

A new energy-producing incinerator is helping Palm Beach County reach a state goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2020, according to a state report released Monday.

Palm Beach County’s recycling rate stood at 72 percent in 2015, tied for the second highest in the state, thanks in large part to a $672 million waste-to-energy plant that came online in June 2015, according to the report.

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County expects to reach the state goal next year, said Willie Puz, an agency spokesman.

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[NEWS] Dept. of Energy Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae Biofuels

– July 16, 2016, EIN Newsdesk

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Photo: National Algae Association

The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems with effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost harvest and processing technologies. This funding will advance the research and development of advanced biofuel technologies to speed the commercialization of renewable, domestically produced, and affordable fossil-fuel replacements.

The three projects selected, located in California and Florida, will include multi-disciplinary partners to coordinate improvements from algal strain advancements through pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and downstream processing) to biofuel intermediate in order to reduce the production costs of algal biofuels and byproducts.

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