For Immediate Release
February 15, 2012
Montpelier, Vt. – The Fair Haven Energy Center, a renewable energy facility proposed for Fair Haven, Vt., has received an air quality permit from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT-DEC). This permit confirms the air safety of the Fair Haven Energy Center.
The permit is the first issued to a combined electric generating and pellet manufacturing facility anywhere in the U.S., and the first issued in Vermont to an electricity generating plant of its size in 20 years.
“Receiving this permit is a credit to the incredibly advanced technology we are bringing to bear on this project,” said Managing Partner Tom Emero, of Beaver Wood Energy, developer of the project.
“Our proposed facility is one of the most advanced in the nation and will provide clean, renewable energy for Vermont once constructed. Vermont has very stringent pollution controls and standards. If our plant meets with approval here, it’ll get approval anywhere.”
There were no negative comments during the VT-DEC public meeting on October 13, a rarity in Vermont’s permitting landscape. The Fair Haven Energy Center – slated for construction in Fair Haven, Vt. – has strong and vocal support from the townspeople.
“This permit and project are good news for our community,” said Rep. William Canfield, R-Fair Haven. “There was no local opposition to the Fair Haven Energy Center air permit and that’s significant. Our area needs the jobs promised by this renewable energy project.”
“The community of Fair Haven has really come together on this project,” said Sen. William Carris, D-Rutland. “The Fair Haven Energy Center will create jobs and improve the health of our forests. It will also increase Rutland County’s self-sufficiency, help combat climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”
The project will create at least 230 permanent jobs in the Rutland area as well as generate $1.1 million in property taxes for the town. It will also generate millions of dollars in state revenue.
In addition to employing at least 50 full-time staff at the facility and adding 140 jobs in the forest services sector, the Fair Haven Energy Center will generate hundreds of jobs from the $32 million annual operating budget over the 40 year useful life of the facility as well as the nearly 1,000 jobs required to build thefacility over a 24-month construction period.
“This energy plant will bring many good jobs to Rutland County. The clean air permit is a big step forward and we’re eager to see this project move forward,” said Senator Peg Flory, R-Pittsford.
The Fair Haven Energy Center boasts a biomass electric plant, wood pellet manufacturing plant, plus space for local food growers or othermanufacturers with an available steady supply of inexpensive heat.
“Our aim is to produce local, renewable, base-load power for the area,” said Emero. “This clean air permit brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.”
Link to the permit: http://www.anr.state.vt.us/