Previously I promised to come back to the subject of whole trees.
Allan Ricketts asserted in the VLCIA meeting with concerned citizens
on 10 June 2010
that the biomass plant Wiregrass LLC proposed for Valdosta will never
burn whole trees because it would be economically unfeasible for it to do so.
While I have no doubt that Col. Ricketts is acting on the best information
given to him, there are reasons to be sceptical about what will happen
in the future.
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Far cleaner than conventional incinerators, this new type of plant converts local trash into heat and electricity. Dozens of filters catch pollutants, from mercury to dioxin, that would have emerged from its smokestack only a decade ago.
Here’s the catch:
Denmark now has 29 such plants, serving 98 municipalities in a country of 5.5 million people, and 10 more are planned or under construction. Across Europe, there are about 400 plants, with Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands leading the pack in expanding them and building new ones.
By contrast, no new waste-to-energy plants are being planned or built in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency says — even though the federal government and 24 states now classify waste that is burned this way for energy as a renewable fuel, in many cases eligible for subsidies. There are only 87 trash-burning power plants in the United States, a country of more than 300 million people, and almost all were built at least 15 years ago.
This appears to be the date and location for the Georgia EPD
air quality hearing for the Wiregrass Biomass plant proposed
6:30 PM, 27 April 2010
Valdosta City Hall Annex
300 North Lee Street
We’ve been waiting on this date
for a while.
EPD is going to send a press release to the VDT a few weeks in advance
and post it on its own website,
Assuming, of course, that the date and place don’t change again.
Why should you care?
This plant proposes to burn sewage sludge, which can release numerous
hazardous chemicals into the air.
Here is Seth’s letter to the editor of the VDT of 21 Feb 2010:
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While Georgia did little to deploy renewable energy, Texas
has almost doubled its renewable energy source from 2004 to 2006:
How did Texas do that, and how can Valdosta and Lowndes County help Georgia catch up?
Some years back, Austin, Texas, which has been growing rapidly for decades,
needed to find a way to produce more energy.
Building a coal plant was not really an option for a city that had long
sold itself as a home of green industry.
Nuclear had a bad taste because in the 1980s Austin had been an investor
in the South Texas Nuclear project, which had been late, over budget,
never produced what it was supposed to, and had many political problems.
So Austin settled on a new plan: instead of spending big bucks to build
a dirty coal plant, use the same money to give rebates to homeowners
and businesses for installing solar power.
Big rebates: 75%, the largest, and among the first in the country.
This made perfect economic sense, producing as much new energy as needed,
without coal or nuclear, and distributed where it was needed.
The Austin, Texas, city council has approved Austin Energy’s solar incentive program, which includes a new approach for commercial, multifamily and nonprofit customers. The new approach saves $2.4 million over the life of the program, according to the utility.