Councils surprise move may scuttle biomass plant plans

first_imgIn a surprise move Monday evening, the Vancouver City Council made a decision that places the future of Clark County’s proposed downtown biomass plant in jeopardy.The council unanimously agreed to an immediate six-month emergency moratorium on development in the downtown zone where the county and its private partner, Schneider Electric, want to locate a biomass electricity generating plant. The city’s action came not long before an expected decision from a hearings examiner about whether the city’s original rejection of Schneider’s application to build downtown was valid.The moratorium means it’s highly unlikely that Schneider — which would build and operate the $28 million facility without any public money — will be eligible for an $8 million federal grant that expires at the end of the year.“We would be stopped in our tracks as I understand it,” Clark County Administrator Bill Barron said Monday after the city council’s vote. “(The grant) is one of the keys to the project in terms of it penciling for Schneider.”last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *