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[NEWS] Gainesville, Florida City Commission Votes to Buy Biomass Facility for $750M

– August 24, 2017, WCJB

gainesville city wcjbGainesville City Commissioners have decided to pull the trigger and the people who own the controversial biomass plant are getting a powerball-sized payday.

The negotiation to buy a controversial bio mass plant has been in the works for several months with a price tag of 750 million dollars.

“Price is just one variable. The other part of the variable is interest rate and the other variable is the vehicle by which you use to get the financing,” said Edward Bielarski Jr. of Gainesville Regional Utilities.

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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, FL Utility and Biomass Officials Agree on $750M Buyout

– by Andrew Caplan, March 22, 2017, Gainesville Sun

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After months of back-and-forth negotiations, Gainesville Regional Utilities and biomass plant officials have reached an agreement regarding the city’s acquisition of the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center.

A signed memorandum of understanding (MOU), which bears GRU General Manager Ed Bielarski and biomass plant President Jim Gordon’s signatures, shows the two sides have officially agreed on a $750 million price tag for the GREC facility, located at 11201 NW 13th St.

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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] 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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