Massachusetts Biomass Project Appears Dead

The 47-megawatt wood-burning biomass project proposed in 2009 for Greenfield, Massachusetts appears dead. A deadline for a developer to amend the special permit application for his $250 million Pioneer Renewable Energy project in the industrial park passed Tuesday. Madera Energy Inc. failed to meet the deadline set March 15 by parties to an appeal of […]

The 47-megawatt wood-burning biomass project proposed in 2009 for Greenfield, Massachusetts appears dead.

A deadline for a developer to amend the special permit application for his $250 million Pioneer Renewable Energy project in the industrial park passed Tuesday. Madera Energy Inc. failed to meet the deadline set March 15 by parties to an appeal of the town’s approval of the project.

The Franklin County Superior Court lawsuit was filed by abutters appealing the original Zoning Board of Appeals’ special permit for the wood-burner. As a result, Amherst attorney Alan Seewald, representing Susan Weeks and James Hume, both of Adams Road, petitioned the court Wednesday for a final judgment to formally annul the special permits that were granted nearly four years ago, on July 22, 2009.

Matthew Wolfe, principal for the Cambridge-based energy development firm, acknowledged Wednesday, “We didn’t file, we’re not in a position to file, and frankly, we don’t have any plans to do anything in the short-term.”

Plaintiffs in the case complained that the ZBA did not take all issues into consideration when making its decision and complained about pollution, noise and traffic they predicted would result from the project. They also complained that the special permit had been invalidated because it was based on a wet-cooling system that Madera had since decided to replace with a dry-cooling system. In a referendum, town voters rejected sale of the town’s treated wastewater for the wet-cooling.

From The Recorder: http://www.recorder.com/home/7597816-95/greenfield-biomass-project-appears-dead

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