Palmer Renewable secures 35MW biomass plant in Springfield

Palmer Renewable Energy is proposing a $150 million; 35 MW wood-to-energy plant on the grounds of Palmer Paving property in East Springfield
The decision to establish the plant comes after a state court ruling that reinstated its building permits.

The court’s ruling assures that Palmer Renewable Energy has complied with every legal and environmental requirement needed to bring this renewable energy project to completion, stated, Thomas A. Mackie, lawyer representing the company, Boston.


The company is content by the court’s decision and look forward to bringing jobs, economic development, and a new source of sustainable green energy to Springfield and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, added Mackie.

Recently, opponents have argued that a biomass plant will worsen air pollution and harm public health.

Palmer Renewable Energy has argued that its plant will involve efficient technology and would not harm public health.

The company has received building permits in 2011 for the construction of a foundation.

The City Council and opponents filed an appeal with the Zoning Board of Appeals, obtaining a court order objecting construction.

The company also received an air quality permit for the project from the state Department of Environmental Protection.