City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

June 29, 2016 |

In Texas, the City of Austin is looking into the waste wood-burning plant at Nacogdoches Operating Facility in East Texas operated by Austin Energy and Southern Power that is costing the utility’s customers $54 million per year but has produced hardly energy in the past four years. Lawyers have been contracted to investigate the contract between the operator and the utility considering the controversy three years ago when the project began, called a “boondoggle” by the then-acting director of the Texas Forest Industries Council.

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