Progress Energy Florida contracts for second waste wood
Progress Energy Florida (PEF) has signed another contract
with Biomass Gas & Electric LLC (BG&E) to purchase electricity
from a second waste-wood biomass plant planned for Florida.
BG&E, based in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to build a power plant in
north or Central Florida that will use waste wood products — such as
yard trimmings, tree bark and wood knots from paper mills — to create
electricity. It would generate about 75 megawatts, or enough electricity
to power 46,000 homes.
The plant is expected to avoid the need to burn nearly
5 million tons of coal over the 20-year life of the contract. It would
be identical to BG&E’s waste-wood plant announced in July. Progress Energy Florida
agreed to buy the output of that plant as well.
The plant will use gasification to create electricity.
Projected commercial operation is expected to begin in June 2011, about
six months after the first waste-wood plant. In total, BG&E has four biomass power plants
planned for construction in the next four years.
The contract will be filed for consideration with the
Florida Public Service Commission (PSC). The company seeks PSC approval
of the contract and certification of the proposed plant as a qualifying
facility under Florida laws and regulations that encourage renewable