Albert Morales: Baird got it wrong

Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.

Susan Baird's Op Ed ("Public deserves ‘re-do' of the biomass contract"; Nov. 4, 2012) is misleading and rife with factual inaccuracies.

North Florida has one of the most productive forestry regions in the country, and every year produces sufficient clean woody wastes able to sustainably fuel the GREC project many times over. This has been confirmed by numerous independent analyses conducted by the University of Florida, the Florida Forest Service and others.

The GREC project is subject to some of the most stringent air emissions limits of any such facility in the country and has gained the approval of, for example, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Health, and support from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Florida Wildlife Federation.

Most notably, in connection with the project's extensive permitting process, an administrative law judge reviewed all the evidence and found that GREC will actually result in cleaner air for the region due to the reduction of woody wastes being open-burned.

Hundreds of workers are now finishing the construction of GREC that will create over 700 permanent jobs in the region from generating renewable energy from a local resource.

Albert Morales is chief financial officer of Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, LLC

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