Company looks to build Florida’s first biomass gas
plant in Tallahassee
By Bruce Ritchie
news-press.com Tallahassee bureau
TALLAHASSEE — A Georgia
company wants to build Florida’s
first biomass gas plant at a Florida State University
industrial park in Tallahassee.
Gov. Charlie Crist last year proposed requiring that
20 percent of Florida’s
future energy needs come from renewable sources, which he says includes such
Biomass Gas & Electric LLC proposes to heat wood chips to convert them into
gas, which will be burned to produce electricity. The wood chips will arrive in
about 100 railroad cars every seven to 10 days.
The company already is behind on getting
its state permits. The city of Tallahassee, which
will buy the 42-megawatts produced by the plant, has agreed to extend the
company’s deadline for getting the permits by six months —with the
understanding that the plant still will begin operating in 2010.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Friday asked BG&E,
located in Norcross, Ga., for
additional information on the permit, which was submitted on April 3.