GRU Biomass Power Plant Contract Revealed
The secrets are out over the confidential parts of a contract between Gainesville's public utility company and the corporation that plans to build a multi-million dollar biomass power plant. Making the contract fully open for public review is about the only thing critics and GRU have in common. GRU general manger Bob Hunzinger called the agreement "a good contract." Critics said it could lead to financial disaster for the city.
"What we are trying to do is look over the long term... We don't have the luxury to look at this year or the next year but we have to make sure we are in it for the long haul," said Hunzinger.
"There is absolutely no good reason for entering into this stupendously expensive contract for new capacity," said critic Paula Stahmer.
With lawsuits now dropped, GRU hopes developers will be able to get the plant up and running by the end of 2013. However, opponents think they can still stop it from being built. To see the full contract, click here. To see a full report, watch the video on the right side of this page.
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