Palmer Renewable Energy's proposed 35-MW, US$150M woody biomass plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, faces another challenge as city council hopes to revoke building permit

LOS ANGELES , December 6, 2011 () – Palmer Renewable Energy LLC's proposed biomass plant in Massachusetts faces another vote Wednesday as the Springfield, Massachusetts, city council meets to attempt to withdraw a building permit granted last month, WSHM-TV reported Dec. 5.

In November, the city's building commissioner gave Palmer Renewable a permit to break ground on the East Springfield site, according to the article carried in CBS 3.

City council opposed the project Nov. 21, passing two resolutions against it, WSHM reported the same day, but the permit was granted because the site was already zoned for industrial use.

The company plans to invest US$150 million to build a 35-megawatt woody biomass plant in East Springfield, and in 2008 had agreed with the council that it would apply for a special permit to start building the biomass facility, according to the earlier WSHM report. In May, the city council voted against granting the company the special permit.

On June 30, the Massachusetts Dept. Of Environmental Protection approved a conditional air permit for the facility, Industry Intelligence reported Aug. 5.

Palmer Renewable is a project of Caletta Renewable Energy Corp., based in Canton, Massachusetts.

The primary source of this article are WSHM-TV, Springfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 5, 2011, and Industry Intelligence archives.

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