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Biomass Plant Forum in Tallahassee City Chambers

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Most everyone wants green energy, but what does it take to really go green? One Georgia company has an energy solution and it wants Tallahassee to embrace it. The proposed bio-mass plant from Biomass Gas and Electric has been widely debated and Thursday night it had the floor in the city chamber.

Biomass Gas and Electric held the public forum to help answer questions and from the academic community to concerned residents, their biomass plant has been called both a sensible energy solution and a serious pollution problem.

Ray Bellamy, a resident very concerned about the project said, "The technology is unproven to my knowledge. This particular technology has never succeeded anywhere in the world." Still, BG&E insists that their green energy is an alternative energy answer.

Glenn Farris, the President/CEO of BG&E said, "Really before it was all about an environmental issue. Lots of people wanted to help the environment, but not many people wanted to pay for it. Nowadays, it's a different situation. It's very competitively priced--one of the low cost fuels today."

BG&E, which awaits a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection, expects construction to begin on the biomass plant in about six months. It will be built near Innovation Park in south Tallahassee.

The Tallahassee Scientific Society says there is a pressing need for an alternative energy source because the price of natural gas is forecasted to jump 40 percent by this winter. And Tallahassee relies almost solely on that source now.


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