Biomass Gas & Electric to Build Largest Wood-Fired Power Generating Plant in U.S.

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Biomass Gas & Electric Company LLC (BG&E), an Atlanta-based renewable energy company, announces plans to build the largest waste wood-fired power generating plant in the U.S. using advanced gasification. BG&E has signed a power purchase agreement to provide Progress Energy Florida with 75 megawatts of electricity. This will be produced in an environmentally friendly plant using advanced technology to convert a wide range of woody biomass and wood wastes to electric power in an oxygen-free environment.

Glenn Farris

It has been a pleasure to work with an industry leader such as Progress Energy Florida, providing clean and sustainable energy resources to assist with the state's future power needs.

Biomass Gas & Electric Company announces plans to build the largest waste wood-fired power-generating plant in the U.S. BG&E recently signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Progress Energy Florida to provide the utility with electric power. A 75-megawatt renewable energy plant will be built on a Florida site to be determined.

BG&E's advanced technology uses a two-step process. First, the wood biomass is superheated in an oxygen-free environment to produce a synthetic gas. The gas powers a turbine to generate electricity.

Heat from that process is captured in a second system, which uses the steam to run a generator and produce additional power. This highly efficient and extremely low-emission process, called combined cycle, offers a significant power production alternative that is both cost-competitive and environmentally friendly.

In a joint announcement with BG&E and Progress Energy, Florida Governor Charlie Crist hailed the agreement saying, "This partnership is another example of the tremendous opportunities that are available in going green."

"We have a long history of supporting innovative technologies and promoting cost-effective, cleaner energy sources," said Jeff Lyash, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida. "Renewable energy sources, such as this one, play a vital role in our balanced approach to managing Florida's growing energy needs."

"We are excited about this opportunity. The southeast is the most biomass-rich area of the United States. Any comprehensive plan for energy production should include renewable energy, and biomass must be an integral part of that plan," said Glenn Farris (photo on right), president and CEO of Biomass Gas & Electric. "It has been a pleasure to work with an industry leader such as Progress Energy Florida, providing clean and sustainable energy resources to assist with the state's future power needs."

The Progress Energy contract is the third signed by BG&E. Previous agreements were signed with the city of Tallahassee, Fla. and Georgia Power Company.

BG&E is a 6-year-old Atlanta based company managed by some of the most experienced personnel in the country in biomass energy production. BG&E is recognized as a national leader in biomass power production.

For more information about BG&E, see http://www.biggreenenergy.com
For more information about Progress see http://www.progress-energy.com
For further information or to schedule an interview with Glenn Farris, BG&E CEO, contact Harry Nolan at (404) 202-5109.

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