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ReEnergy not planning to reopen Lyonsdale plant, despite potential legislative support

pLYONS FALLS — Despite a new proposed bill that would make biomass and hydropower facilities eligible for renewable energy credits, ReEnergy has no plans to reopen its Lyonsdale biomass plant in Lewis County./pp“We are in advanced discussions with several parties for redevelopment of that site,” wrote Sarah Boggess, director of communications and governmental affairs for ReEnergy in an email. “It is likely that the site will be moving toward redevelopment before there is a final decision on how existing renewable projects are going to be treated in the future in NYS.” /ppThe bill (S23/A4294) has passed the state Senate unanimously but has not yet been voted on by the Assembly. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, R-Black River, has said he supports the legislation./ppThe bill establishes a complement to the current Renewable Energy Credit system for renewable energy sources like solar and wind by creating “Tier 2” credits for legacy renewable sources like hydropower and biomass./pp“Approximately (10 percent) of New York’s electricity currently comes from independently owned hydroelectric facilities, which also provide flood control and water levels management to support communities and the environment,” reads the explanation of the Senate bill. “Biomass plants are a critical economic component of the forestry industry in …read more

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