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Crist, Cabinet OK Biomass Plant in Gainesville

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet are adding their approval to a wood-burning power plant that could serve 70,000 homes in the Gainesville area.

They unanimously agreed Tuesday to support the project after
more than an hour of debate -- some quite animated -- about the
plusses and minuses of the proposal.

Advocates testified that the 100 megawatt plant would help
Gainesville Regional Utilities diversify Florida's fuel mix and
advance renewable energy.

Critics predicted higher rates and increased greenhouse gases.
One resident said trucks delivering wood to the plant would
increase traffic congestion.

It was the final time Crist and the Cabinet will meet since all
are leaving office next month.


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