[NEWS] Biomass Facility Rejection Taken to Vermont Supreme Court
– by Gordon Dritschilo, March 29, 2017, Rutland Herald
An attempt to revive a biomass project has hit a speed bump that has the developer taking his case to the Vermont Supreme Court.
Ted Verrill, owner of Pequot Energy in Connecticut, has filed notice he is appealing the Public Service Board’s rejection of a powerpurchase agreement that would have paved the way for the former Beaver Wood Energy project — now referred to as Fair Haven Generation — to resume development.
Pequot owns the Fair Haven project, and was pursuing a power purchase agreement with VEPP Inc., the nonprofit organization administering two renewable energy programs on behalf of the state.
The effort to build a wood-chip burning power plant off Route 4 near the New York border was launched in 2010 but fell apart in 2014 after a major source of financing pulled out, according to Verrill.
He said the project suddenly appeared viable again in 2015, when the state Department of Public Service modified one of the rules governing power-purchase agreements for such projects.