Cersosimo vs Fair Haven VT biomass plant

Cersosimo vs Fair Haven VT biomass plant

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Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#1 Apr 3, 2013
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#2 Apr 3, 2013
The Cersosimo (Brattleboro & Vernon VT) biomass plant makes sense because the primary consumer of the biomass energy being produced is on site. Cersosimo is a timber, lumber, mulch, and home construction company which use byproducts from its operations to fuel their new onsite biomass plant. The concern that I have with the Fair Haven VT biomass proposal is that the primary consumer will not be on site; though they have now added a hydroponics greenhouse operation to tap into a steam byproduct of the electric generation. This proposed Fair Haven project to be located on just ten acres, is primarily energy speculation with a by local produce tease tossed in. Like the McNeil Generation station in Burlington, I believe that the actual capacity factor will be much lower due to generating costs and this plant too will ultimately, for economic reasons, be forced convert to natural gas Ė a fossil fuel.
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#3 Apr 3, 2013
I am not saying to completely scrap the Beaver Wood Energy / Fair Haven project, what I am saying is that we need to be MUCH smarter about energy development in VT than we have in the last few years and the Cersosimo project is a great example of how that should be done.
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#4 Apr 3, 2013
First the acreage of the Commercial Industrial park either needs to be greater or the scale of the proposed biomass plant needs to be smaller. In other words, VT needs a greater return in exchange for the projectís impact. Beaver Wood Energy would like us to believe that an estimated 300 jobs created is a fair exchange. But as precedence has shown with Vermont Yankeeís 600 plus jobs and the state of VTís efforts to shut it down, employment may not make enough of a case to accept perceived byproducts of the operation. In the case of large scale biomass; air particulates, increased emissions and truck traffic.
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#5 Apr 3, 2013
By increasing the acreage in order to plan for additional onsite energy consumers, Fair Haven could be a real leader by creating Vermontís first Energy financed district (think tax increment financed district). Itís not such an outrageous proposal when one considers that Springfield Vermont grew up in the last millennium out of a cheap and abundant hydropower energy supply.
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#6 Apr 3, 2013
Beaver Wood Energy adding a hydroponic green house on site to their energy project is a move in the right direction for sensible energy development; but letís make project more than just an ideological tease. Letís develop a sustainable plan like that of Cersosimo Industries, or letís scale it back to a project that primarily powers those greenhouses that can be developed on the proposed ten acres.
Power to the People

Rutland, VT

#7 Apr 3, 2013
We have seen the results on our ridglines what energy development purly for ideological reasons does. Let's not allow Fair Haven to be more of the same.

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