BIOMASS: A Bad Contract
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SUBJECT: BIOMESS BAD CONTRACT
Pegeen Hanrahan as a Guest Columnists to the Gainesville Sun (3/16/11)
said in part: …”American Renewable did not want the financial
details of their contract released to their competitors, or to
negatively impact the cost of construction or operation.”
She is articulate but loose with facts, at least with this one,
shedding doubt on much of the remainder of the article.
The contract is actually with Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, LLC
(GREC) not American Renewable. Makes you wonder who the secret
negotiations were with. GREC agreed to release the secret contract when
the legal actions are dismissed. By this action, using the secrecy as a
pawn, they have indicated beyond any doubt that the need to keep
information from competitors was false.
Many have concluded it was to protect incumbent commissioners and the
candidate Pegeen supports so strongly in this city election.
Compounding the public concern the negotiations were also behind closed
Public Service Commission approval was rife with political maneuvering.
The PSC did not follow statutory standards and the vote was a narrow
3-2. The PSC is supposed to protect ratepayers against high cost and
risky endeavors. Litigants report that although the PSC explicitly
stated that the GREC project contained both, the PSC ignored its own
findings in granting the need certification.
Most disturbing, in this day and time, Pegeen expects the public to
accept the word of politicians, without question, on matters of
financial concern that will affect them many years into the future.