Northwest Florida Renewable Energy Center - Port St. Joe
DefeatedBiomass / Wood Incinerator           
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521 Premier Drive
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
United States
Gulf County
Latitude: 29.8372
Longitude: -85.30083
Burner: Gasification
This plant faced local opposition in Tallahassee and forced BG&E to withdraw the air permit. However, in February 2011, the company reapplied for the permit in Port St Joe. In late November 2011, the company pulled out, because investors were unwilling to support the risky venture.

In July 2011 the plant got its final air permit. A civil rights complaint was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) charging the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with environmental racism in granting the facility its air permit.

Woody Biomass, Yard Trash (<=5%) and/or Fuel Crops
The project would have been a biomass integrated gasification combined cycle facility. It was to be a 47 MW net electric generating plant requiring 735 bone dry tons of woody biomass per day. It is sited in an industrial zone - formerly a coal distribution spot.

Other background on what was proposed:

The project consists of a biomass fuel “wood chips” delivery/ handling system, a biomass gasification system, a biomass dryer, a gas cleanup system, two gas combustion turbines, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) with duct burner firing, condensing steam turbine generator, an auxiliary natural gas fired package boiler for start-up use only, an emergency flare system, cooling towers, and auxiliary support equipment such as air systems.

The plant will provide ~ 25 permanent jobs. BG&E also plans to have a 6,000 acre growing space to grow the biomass feedstock.

The plant will produce 30-40 tons of ash/day which may be used as landfill cover etc.
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23 MWBurner: GasificationDefeatedForest Cuttings 465 Tons Per Day
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