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05/25/2010 Contact: 850-413-6482

Gainesville Renewable Energy Center Need Determination Set for Thursday


TALLAHASSEE — The five-member Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a Special Agenda Conference on Thursday, May 27, 2010, to consider the need to construct the proposed Gainesville Renewable Energy Center in Alachua County.  The biomass facility is a joint project of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and Gainesville Renewable Energy Center, LLC.

To determine the need for the facility, the Commission will discuss the current status of carbon regulation, the ability to gather sufficient biomass fuel at a reasonable cost, and methods to mitigate the potential rate impact.

GRU is owned by the City of Gainesville and serves approximately 90,000 retail and wholesale customers in Gainesville and surrounding areas.

The Special Agenda Conference is scheduled for the following time and location:

Thursday, May 27, 2010
11:00 a.m.

Betty Easley Conference Center
Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148)
4075 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, Florida

The meeting is available online at www.floridapsc.com by selecting “Commission Calendar” on the top right of the Web page.

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.



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