Sign of renewal energy 'progress'
Progress Energy officials joined Gov. Charlie Crist for an announcement at the mansion on Thursday: The St. Petersburg-based utility is building a new biomass plant in rural North Florida that will turn waste wood into electricity.
"When you have the political will of a governor like Gov. Crist and business leaders like you have with Progress Energy, great things can happen," said S. Glenn Farris, president of Norcross, Ga.-based Biomass Gas & Electric, who joined Crist and Progress CEO Jeff Lyash at the event.
BG&E will sell its electricity to Progress at the plant, which will be built in Telogia, Fla., in Liberty County southwest of Tallahassee.
By the time the plant is finished in late '08 or early '09, it will generate 75 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 46,000 homes. Progress executives emphasized that biomass is one of several solutions to America's dependency on fossil fuels, which is why the utility is also continuing to seek expansion of nuclear power in Florida.