August 28, 2012, Gainesville, FL – The Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce board has revisited its stance on the biomass power plant, restating a prior pledge of support while expressing concerns over the potential rate impacts.
The organization, which has 1,200 member businesses, officially notified Gainesville Regional Utilities of its revised position in mid-August.
According to The Gainesville Sun , Michael Gallagher, the chamber’s chairman, said the vote to modify the policy stance was unanimous and came after significant board debate and multiple meetings with Gainesville Regional Utilities officials to discuss the projected rate increases associated with the plant as well as the utility’s strategies to mitigate the impact on customers.
In 2009, the City Commission approved a 30-year contract to buy all of the electricity from the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center — the privately owned and operated 100 megawatt power plant now under construction and expected to come online in late 2013.
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