Taylor Biomass Energy project receives RES approval in New York

By Erin Voegele | January 29, 2019

Taylor Biomass Energy LLC recently announced its proposed gasification project in Montgomery, New York, has been approved for tier 1 Renewable Energy Standard provisional certification by the New York State Research and Development Authority.

In a statement released Jan. 2, Taylor Biomass Energy said NYSERDA awarded the project provisional certification on Dec. 6. Once operational, the Taylor-Montgomery LLC gasification plant will be able to generate renewable energy credits (RECs), which are currently sold in New York for approximately $20 per megawatt hour, according to Taylor Biomass Energy.

“This NYSERDA/NYSPSC approval is very important to our investors and lenders as we complete financing of this breakthrough green energy technology,” said James W. Taylor Jr., president of Taylor-Montgomery LLC, in a statement.  

The company said it currently plans to have its gasification plant operational by April 15, 2021. “We are negotiating with lenders and anticipating a first quarter 2019 financial closing for funding of the first portion of this project,” Taylor said.

Once operational, the facility is expected to process mixed solid waste, wood waste and waste from construction and demolition debris. According to Taylor Biomass Energy, its process is cleaner than direct combustion of municipal solid waste (MSW) because it is an indirect heating process in an oxygen-free environment that greatly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The design for the facility features three fluidized-bed reactors, including a gasification reactor, a gas conditioning reactor, and a combustion reactor, according to the company.

A statement released by Taylor Biomass Energy states the plant will produce renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, minus downtime for maintenance. The facility will also recycle and reduce up to 70 percent of the waste streams. Information published by the company indicates the project will generate a net 20 MW of clean energy.

New York State recently set new goals for clean energy and renewable electricity production.  On Jan. 17, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Green New Deal, which calls for the state to achieve 100 percent clean power by 2040. The plan also increase the state’s Clean Energy Standard, requiring 70 percent renewable electricity by 2030, up from the previous goal of 50 percent renewables.