- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

VERNON, Vt. (AP) - A biomass power plant has been proposed for the site of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is shutting down at the end of year.

The idea is in its infancy and officials plan to organize a public forum to discuss the details, the Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/1bI41RH).

The state has negotiated a detailed agreement with Entergy, owner of the nuclear plant, providing for millions of dollars for economic development and clean energy projects as well as a “timely decommissioning.”

Members of the town planning commission and selectboard heard a presentation Monday from G. Donald Campbell Jr., who has worked on large-scale utility projects. His plan is for a plant that would use “woody and agricultural biomass and certain municipal solid waste as primary fuels.”

Another possibility is for hybrid technology that would allow the use of biomass fuels while also having the ability to utilize natural gas-fired combustion turbines, he said in a letter to Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding outlining the proposal.

Development costs are estimated at $350 million for biomass and up to $1 billion for a hybrid facility.

Campbell said he thinks he could put together a team and help get financing to move the project forward.

“The key is, this is bringing in jobs, tax revenue and stability to Windham County,” O’Donnell said. “I think everybody in the county is beginning to understand the effects of the closing of Vermont Yankee, and this would be a shot in the arm in Windham County to help turn things around.”


Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/

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