Plant by plant, eucalyptus seedlings are going into the ground; and what grows up will potentially be more than just trees.
Buckeye Paper Mill in Perry and the University of Florida are planting Eucalyptus amplifolia plants to produce green energy in the forms of electricity and liquid fuels.Read more
An electrical substation and control house will be built adjacent to and in a portion of what was once Railroad Street at a cost of several million dollars, said mill spokesman Tony Lyons. He declined to be more specific about the cost.Read more
There was a glimmer of hope in the announcement, however.
The company had plans to build a biomass heat and electricity plant on its site, which would burn wood chips to produce electricity and heat for the factory's operations. The decrease in energy costs by producing power independently would allow the plant to reopen and possibly hire back its workers.Read more