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Palmer Renewable Energy – Biomass to Power Project Springfield, MA

STATUS: In Progress with opposition

TYPE: Biomass – 35 MW Green Energy Biomass Facility

OPPOSITION: Local and regional coalition of environmental activist

PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

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: info@calettarenewable.com; Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine: www.biomassmagazine.comhttp://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
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/group_opposed_to_proposed_springfield_biomass_asks_further_study.html

User Submitted on April 5, 2011
Contact: Victor E. Gatto, Jr. Ed. D. – vicgatto@achievetelnet.com