Tallahassee Leaders Regret Biomass Withdrawal

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Andrew Gillum with the City of Tallahassee said he had a meeting scheduled Friday morning with BG&E to discuss mitigating concerns with the plant, but the meeting was canceled. Gillum and Mayor John Marks say they are unhappy with BG&E's decision. City officials say they are still working to bring more opportunities to Tallahassee, and they don't want this issue to paint Florida's capital in a bad light.

Andrew Gillum, Tallahassee Mayor Pro-Tempore says he believes this was the City's opportunity to become a leader in clean energy and such projects could yield a great deal of federal incentives for the area. "The last thing we want to do is say Tallahassee/Leon County is an unfavorable place to explore new green, clean technologies, and I'm afraid that's the message we're sending today." said Gillum.

The city had a public hearing on the biomass plant on next week's agenda, but BG&E has asked that it be removed. Friday evening Mayor John Marks released a statement saying, "While it appears that this opportunity has passed, I can assure you that the City Commission and City staff will continue working diligently to establish Tallahassee as a green leader and that the lessons learned from this experience will make future efforts more successful."

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