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Florida approves 100MW biomass power plant

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and American Renewables' joint petition for the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, a planned 100MW biomass power plant has been approved by Florida's Public Service Commission (FPS).

American Renewables will build, own and operate the facility and will sell all energy and environmental attributes generated from the facility to GRU for a period of 30 years.

The plant will be fuelled by a local supply of leftover clean woody waste using urban wood waste, wood processing wastes and logging residues.

Construction of the plant will bring more than 1,100 direct and indirect construction jobs to the area during its approximate 34-month construction phase. American Renewables plans to begin construction on the biomass facility in December 2010.