STATUS: In Progress with opposition
TYPE: Biomass – 35 MW Green Energy Biomass Facility
OPPOSITION: Local and regional coalition of environmental activist
BACKGROUND: Palmer Renewable Energy, LLC (“PRE”) is developing a biomass to renewable energy plant at 1000 Page Blvd, Springfield, MA. In doing so, PRE has focused on developing a plan which offers numerous short-term and long-term benefits to the Springfield area. These are summarized as follows:
- Process fuel from biomass waste to produce “green” power thereby reducing the Commonwealth’s reliance on fossil fuels
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the disposition of wood waste in landfills and the resulting production of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more harmful to the environment than CO2
- Create over 250 new permanent and part-time jobs in the Springfield area
- Attract new business, especially high-tech, with cost-effective production of power
- Reduce the costs associated with biomass, solid waste transportation and disposal
- Position Springfield and Massachusetts as a nationwide leaders in renewable energy generation
PRE will prepare the site, design and construct a facility to process fuel derived from green wood waste to generate renewable electrical power. This plan will include the construction of a building to house the processing units that will generate 35 MW of net electrical power from 1200 tons per day of green wood chip material derived from tree-trimming activities.
Draft Final Air Permit was received on March 7, 2011. The Massachusetts regulatory process requires a 30 day comment period and then the Air Permit is issued final.
When this regulatory schedule is completed, PRE will proceed with construction – expected to occur in the second quarter of 2011 and with the customary 20 – 24 months schedule for equipment delivery and construction, PRE would be start-up testing for operations by the first quarter of 2013
SOURCES: Caletta Renewable Energy: firstname.lastname@example.org; Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine: www.biomassmagazine.com; http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/palmer_renewable_energy_drops.html; http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/06/proposed_springfield_biomass_p.html;
User Submitted on April 5, 2011
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