Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A big, green thumbs up from City Council

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Charlotte's City Council gave the ReVenture project their blessing Monday. It's a complicated project, but it is one that will thrust the Charlotte area forward toward its goal of becoming a green energy hub.

Read more about it, and follow Susan Stabley's well placed links, from the Charlotte Business Journal. Here's a snippet:

Council agreed to throw its support behind Forsite Development’s ambitious plans to redevelop Clariant Corp.’s Superfund site in northwest Mecklenburg County near Mt. Holly. That may mean lobbying on behalf of the project by Queen City officials including Mayor Anthony Foxx before the Environmental Protection Agency.

City staff is currently working on the terms of a land swap with Forsite. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities plans to build its $197 million Long Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant on a corner of the proposed “green” industrial park site. And Mecklenburg County has been working out a trash pact that could turn local residential waste and yard clippings into fuel for ReVenture’s proposed 49-megawatt, $300 million biomass power plant.

Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble warned council that many pieces will need to fall into place for the project to work.

“ReVenture is an adventure,” Kimble told council members during a dinner workshop before the meeting. “It’s very, very complicated.”

So, what is biomass?

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