U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Florida Regulators Approve a 100-Megawatt Biomass Power Plant

June 2, 2010

The Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and American Renewables received approval for a 100-megawatt biomass power plant on May 27 from the Florida Public Service Commission. American Renewables plans to build, own, and operate the facility, which will be called the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center. Under a 30-year contract, GRU will purchase all of the power produced by the facility, which will generate power from urban wood waste, wood processing wastes, and logging residues. American Renewables plans to build the facility at GRU's Deerhaven Generating Station, which currently features an 80-megawatt unit that can run on natural gas or oil and a 235-megawatt coal-fired power plant. The company plans to begin construction in December and achieve commercial operation in late 2013. See the GRU press release and the project summaries from GRU and American Renewables.