South Carolina-based Green Energy Partners withdraws air emissions permit application for proposed US$60M, 11.58-MW biomass power plant near Lithonia, Georgia, after state requests more details; company says it will re-file application

LOS ANGELES , August 11, 2011 () – Green Energy Partners LLC has withdrawn an air emissions permit application for its proposed $60-million, 11.58-megwatt biomass power plant near Lithonia, Georgia, but says it will re-file, reported CrossRoadsNews.com on July 30.

The decision came after the Georgia Environmental Protection Division requested more details on the application, such as air emissions calculations for hazardous air pollutants, which were missing.

The Landrum, South Carolina-based company notified the EPD of its decision in a July 20 letter to Furqan Shaikh of the EPD’s Air Protection Branch, CrossRoadsNews.com reported.

In the letter, Green Energy attorney Jimmy Kirkland said that the company decided to respond to EPD’s request for further information by submitting a new application.

Green Energy Partners President and CEO Neville Anderson confirmed that the company would re-file the application but could not comment further because of a pending lawsuit.

In a May 6 letter, Shaikh notified Green Energy Partners that there were 15 deficiencies in its application.

Shaikh asked the company for “very detailed description” of the wood gasification process to be used at the facility, including each piece of equipment.

In addition, he has requested that for each piece of equipment mentioned there be an estimate of emissions for toxic air pollutants, as well as for greenhouse gases (GHG) in tons per year of carbon dioxide equivalent.

If GHG emissions exceed 100,000 tons/year, the plant would be subject to a certain regulation, said Shaikh, who estimates that the facility’s GHG emissions are more than 128,000 tons/year.

On July 13, the nonprofit Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment filed a lawsuit charging the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners with engaging in contract zoning and seeking to have the rezoning declared “illegal and void.”

The board earlier approved a special land permit for the 21-acre site proposed for Green Energy’s project.

Last July, the board signed a contract to annually sell Green Energy 40,000 tons of wood chips for $200,000. The contract can be terminated by Green Energy within 24 months if it doesn’t secure all the necessary permits and approvals for the project.

Green Energy, which is an affiliate of PDA Design Services Inc., plans to sell all of the proposed plant’s power to Georgia Power, which is the largest subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co.

The primary source of this article is CrossRoadsNews.com, Decatur, Georgia, on July 30, 2011.

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