Baltimore City Cancels Electricity Deal With Proposed Waste To Energy Plant

A March 25 Baltimore Sun article reported that Baltimore City has canceled an agreement to purchase electricity from Energy Answers from a proposed waste to energy plant that would be located in Fairfield.  The unanimous decision by the City’s Board of Estimates followed a similar cancellation by the City’s school system.  Lack of progress on the project was the key reason cited by the City.  From the article:

[Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie] Rawlings-Blake, whose administration has steadfastly supported the project, said she could no longer abide the developer’s failure to make progress in building it.

“The concept I support,” she said. “The implementation, or the lack of implementation, none of us can support.”

The project, said by the developer to represent a $1 billion investment, has been backed by labor unions, some neighborhood leaders and many local elected officials — including Rawlings-Blake. It promised to support hundreds of construction jobs and up to 180 permanent positions. But the project has been dogged by opposition from environmentalists and some nearby residents, and has shown little or no progress since Energy Answers declared it was ready to start construction in fall 2010.  …

Baltimore had joined 21 other local governments, school systems and nonprofits four years ago in agreeing to buy a total of 25 megawatts worth of electricity from the plant when it was built.