is home to most advanced smart grid in the nation, customers are
enjoying Internet speeds that are almost 100 times faster than the
national average. Most Internet users in the U.S. have access to
about 4.5 megabits of Internet speed.
OK, you can get spees that fast here:
with Verizon 4G LTE,
not too many places via land access.
They have lots of other stuff on their
for tonight, including an appointment to the
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBOA),
and an appointment to the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks & Recreation Authority.
ZBOA decides on variances to Valdosta’s LDR and Lowndes County’s ULDC,
including sign variances, much to the annoyance of
some local entitled rich people and of
In two months, less than 60 days away, Wiregrass Power LLC is supposed to
break ground on the biomass facility in Lowndes County. By now, they are
supposed to have contracts with power companies to sell the electricity
to and with suppliers to purchase the wood waste. They have neither,
nor does the company have an agreement with the city of Valdosta to
purchase the wastewater from the sewage treatment plant.
And yet the folks at the Industrial Authority appear to be rather
nonchalant about the fact that this company has yet again broken its
agreement. They have the power to renogiate the terms of the agreement and
they also have the power to cancel it, but neither is happening. Instead,
they are giving the company all the leeway they need to continue dragging
this project along that the community doesn’t want.
The Wiregrass Power LLC biomass facility was supposed to have met a number
of project goals established by the Economic Development Agreement (EDA)
between the company and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
by April 1, 2011. According to Allen Ricketts, Industrial Authority
project manager, those goals still have yet to be met.
The specific goals in the agreement were that a “finalized engineering
procurement construction contract” would be ready by March 31. By
April 1, the company was supposed to have finalized both a power
purchase/transmission agreement along with a wastewater/biosolids
“…and The Langdale Company for the supply of waste wood to the project.
“Renewable energy is the next frontier for the working forest, which
has been creating jobs and cleaning our air and water for generations,”
said Wesley Langdale, President of The Langdale Company. “Working with
partners such as AREVA and Duke Energy gives our 115-year-old company
confidence in the viability and sustainability of the project.” Langdale
and ADAGE made this announcement during the Forest Landowners Association
annual conference in Amelia Island.
Hamilton County, Florida is of course just across the state line from
Lowndes County, Georgia, home of The Langdale Company.
What will removing the nearby competition do for Wiregrass Power LLC’s
proposed biomass plant in Lowndes County, Georgia, which
still has no suppliers of wood?
Will Adage’s failure to build any biomass plants ever serve as a model?
Or will something else happen?
Look through the shell companies like Adage to the real backers.
Why is the source of
the recent news about Adage biomass
the Charlotte Business Journal?
Adage is “An Areva/Duke Energy advanced biopower company.”
And Charlotte is where Duke Energy is based.
The joint venture has yet to build a biomass plant anywhere. DePonty
says it is clear that Adage will not achieve the goal announced when
Duke and Areva formed it to build 10 to 12 biomass plants around the
country by 2013.
Mayor Anthony Baker of the City of Gretna announced today that in light
of Adage, LLC’s decision to suspend activity on its proposed Bioenergy
facility slated for construction in Gretna (as well as suspension
of its application for an air permit through the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection) that the City now considers this matter
closed and will take no further action on Adage’s request to locate
this facility in Gretna. Inasmuch as the Bioenergy Plant could neither
legally operate nor be sited in Gretna without an air permit, the City
concluded that this was no longer a viable project and Adage’s decision
to suspend activity on its air permit indicated that further consideration
of the project by the City was unwarranted. Since there were no issues
pending before the City of Gretna requiring action by its Commission
relative to the Plant, the Mayor deemed termination of the project as
final disposition of this matter as far as the City is concerned.
The company still has a permit to build a 55 MW plant in Florida but
there are no plans to start construction and the company is expected to
let the permit lapse in June. Adage ended plans in 2010 to build another
plant in Florida.
Meanwhile, a similar project by Adage in Northern Florida also will not
be pursued at this time, according to DePonty. That project has been
fully permitted and was about to move ahead if only the electricity
market had provided the financial incentive, he said.