Tallahassee Commissioners Consider Biomass Fuel

A Georgia company is offering to build a $60 million power plant in Tallahassee. The catch is the city has to buy the power.

City commissioners are moving forward with contract negotiations with BG&E.

The company uses biomass such as yard waste to create energy. The proposed plant can power about 25,000 homes.

Allan Katz, Tallahassee City Commissioner, said, "Under the terms that were discussed, it will be a cheaper price than anything we're producing right now, and frankly cheaper than anything that's been suggested, coal or otherwise."

The commission will take a final vote on the contract in August. If approved, the biomass plant could be up and running in about four years.