Press Release, March 13, 2010
The Suwannee/St Johns Sierra Group, which represents 14 counties in North Central Florida including Alachua county, has voted to oppose the GRU/GREC Biomass plant
* A new power plant is not needed; GRU currently has 62% overcapacity
* Competition for increasingly scarce biomass fuel will be too expensive and a burden on the ratepayers
* We reject more massive air pollution and major water withdrawals
* The City of Gainesville needs to expand their energy efficiency programs and aggressively help customers reduce energy consumption. This will create many new jobs that will benefit the community and region. For these reasons the Suwannee/St.John’s group opposes a new power plant.
Brack Barker Suwannee/St Johns Sierra Group Conservation Chair