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Is the biomass plant friendly to the environment?

BY JENNIFER CABRERA / SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

GRU has been bragging that it produces more energy from renewable sources than any other utility in the state. In fact, about 36% of the energy it produced from January through July of this year was from the Deerhaven Renewables (biomass) plant. But what does that mean for the people who live near the biomass plant?

Julie O’Brien showed this video at the September 26 Gainesville City Commission special meeting:

This amount of traffic doesn’t appear to be unusual because GRU used 78,498 tons of wood in July alone (and 80,082 tons in June). That’s a lot of trucks.

What about emissions? The latest operational update from GRU includes these graphs:

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The biomass plant (DHR) produces 1.37 tons of CO2 per MWh, while DH1 (natural gas) produces 0.72, DH2 (coal) produces 0.94, and JRKCC1 (natural gas) produces 0.53. GRU is on track to emit 2.05 millions tons of CO2 in 2019.

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