PROGRESS IN BIOMASS
Theoretically, any place there is garbage is a place that can develop renewable energy. And, theortetically, garbage is renewable. It certainly is around here. If NewEnergyNews is not right about this, why would Progress Energy be buying in?
Progress Energy adding electricity capacity through alternative fuels
July 26, 2007 (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Progress Energy Florida, Biomass Gas & Electric (Glenn Farris, president/ceo), Biomass Investment Group
Progress Energy closed a 20-year contract for electricity produced by a 75-megawatt Biomass Gas & Electric-built plant for converting waste-wood such as yard trimmings, tree bark and wood knots from paper mills into energy .
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The Biomass plant is expected to begin operations in 2011.
- Biomass is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The plant will be in north Florida.
- Progress, serving 1.7 million customers, is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Last year, Progress Energy closed a 25-year contract with the Biomass Investment Group for a 130 megawatt biomass plant to be built in Central Florida.
- Progress now uses 800 megawatts of electricity from renewables such as biomass, waste heat from agricultural processes and municipal solid waste and has contracted for 200 megawatts more in the last year.
- This will be Biomass’ 3rd biomass gasification process plant.
- Florida Public Service Commission must approve contract and certify plant.
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Farris: "The southeast is the most biomass-rich area of the United States. Any comprehensive plan for energy production for the state of Florida should include renewable energy, and biomass must be an integral part of that plan…"