Lawmakers deliver blow to biomass plant in Springfield

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There is an increased number of reports on whether wood-to-energy power plants count as renewable energy ventures. These include entries like East Springfield’s upcoming Palmer Solar Energy venture. The plant is a long-suggested proposal for East Springfield’s region to provide energy from the densely available wood reserves. However, reports show that the venture would not count as a clean source of power in the local power utility registry following a new set of legislation from state legislators over the last weekend. The policy stands to hold this resolve for the next five years.

Further legislation from the meeting committee of state senators and delegates called for deep research by Governor Charlie Baker and his administration towards implementing a new reporting commission based on the effect of already operational biomass establishments on greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation, and the general public healthcare. Further statements relate that the Conference’s report intended to resolve the disparities amongst members of Senate and House egislation. These bills were accepted in 2020, and legislators plan to forward them into action by Tuesday when the term ends. Further implications show that
the proposal for establishing a biomass plant in Springfield will not be affected by the workings of the bill.

There is a new set of rules that provide the biomass project as part of the renewable energy projects. These regulations were passed by the incumbent Baker administration in December 2020 and work to wind its way through Boston’s statehouse, making the project a viable and more manageable venture for the state. Likewise, there is speculation that the Springfield biomass project will receive backing from heavy hitters in the state that will enable the project to earn renewable energy credits.

The new legislation set to go before the states Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, where a future decision would make the project likely to access up to 13 million dollars annually packaged as green energy incentives. These subsidies will stand to be provided by the State electricity providers in curtailing obstacles experienced in setting up the Palmer Renewables project.

The process has several factors that affect it, including bills and regulations that identify wood-to-energy ventures as renewables or not. While there are a rising number of cases over the bill’s
implementation, it is evident that the state requires solutions for the increasing energy demand in the region. Such solutions might include ventures that do not count as renewable energy and further cause environmental degradation.

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