As July 17 approaches, the GRU will assess the situation and decide whether the moratorium will be terminated or renewed again. The operation of the facility, which American Renewables plans to extend beyond 40 years, will directly employ 45 people. Indirectly, Greece will provide an additional 160 jobs to forestry, timber and truck companies within a 75-mile radius, which includes 23 counties. City commissioners are being asked to allow Bielarski to negotiate a 30-year contract with Florida Power & Light for high-capacity access to the nation`s power grid. It would require GRU to pay about US$9 million annually to FP&L for this access, but GRU would allow GRU to purchase some or all of the electricity from other sources through separate agreements that would be negotiated later. Jared Maes and Dan Ash (right) are two of eight GRU powerline workers who received certificates for the completion of Barehand online training last week. These line workers are now trained to work on high-voltage lines that are still electrified! This technique allows us to perform critical maintenance work without interrupting the customers` power supply. Other GRU line workers who have earned their certifications are Ken Baker, Brad Thomas, Kyle Fagan, Adam Ivey, Kort Key and Chris Morrow. The urgency, he said, is fueled by FP&L`s plans to expand its network from its primary service area in South Florida and the Atlantic coast to the Western Panhandle, where it recently acquired Gulf Power. If GRU doesn`t get a deal now, the cost could reach $200 million later, even though, according to Bielarski, an earlier estimate of a reduced-capacity link was $80 million. Porter, chairman of the advisory board and senior lecturer in engineering at UF, said an important point now is the interconnectivity agreement with FP&L. Before this topic, GRU managers have developed four options that will be submitted to the municipal commission: Gainesville Regional Utilities has extended until July 17 its moratorium on supply shutdowns triggered by the coronavirus. J.R.

Kelly Generating station received a new generator last week that will replace a generator installed in 1964. The generator was shipped from Germany and weighs 160,000 pounds! The facility will receive a new steam turbine from Brazil this week. These upgrades will allow J.R. Kelly to work more efficiently in the years to come. Joy Towles Ezell, who has been a tree her lifer, expressed concern that the installation of biomass could have a negative impact on the health of surrounding forests. “Public energy providers have always been community-oriented and have invested in programs that give something back to their communities,” said Amy Zubaly, Executive Director of FMEA. The GRU and city officials agreed that Gainesville needed an additional source of energy to meet the demands of its consumers by 2023. The 100-megawatt facility, capable of providing enough electricity to 100,000 homes, is primarily powered by residual wood chips from 75-mile logging and wood processing plants. In May 2009, GRU entered into a 30-year contract with American Renewables. The biomass plant will be owned by American Renewables, but GRU will purchase its electricity for at least 30 years. I just got my final GRU invoice after the extract and I have an extra $55 in “Adjustments and Service Fees”.

It shows that I was charged five times $11 for “Extend a Hand Agreement”. Does anyone know what it is/what I`m being charged and how do I dispute that? “The contract is almost three years old, so it`s obsolete,” he said. “The competitive landscape has completely changed, making us more comfortable releasing the treaty.” The biomass facility was chosen as an alternative to a 220 MW coal facility that GRU initially wanted to build as an extension of its existing 250 MW coal facility at the Deerhaven site. . . .