Biomass Plant is "Commercially Operational," GRU Customers Will Feel Impact this Month
Published December 18th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Now that Gainesville's Biomass Plant is officially commercially operational... GRU customers can expect to pay more on their electric bill this month.
This month will be the first month that GRU customers see the full impact of the biomass plant on their bills.
After testing, at maximum capacity the biomass plant will be generating 103 megawatts of power.
That number is higher than the originally projected 100 megawatts, to make up for that increase annual contract cost will go up by 1.6 million dollars.
Gainesville City Commissioner Todd Chase, says customers will definitely be affected.
"the rate increase that made it through the budget session this past year was approximately 14 dollars a month to the average user using 100 kw a month and that's what they'll see."
Chase says GRU customers can expect to see their utility rates go up an additional 9 dollars next year.
GRU and Gainesville Renewable Energy are in a 30 year contract to purchase the energy made at the plant.
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