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House committe says garbage has triple value as an energy source

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State lawmakers voted today in favor of giving a power plant fueled with trash triple credit as a renewable energy facility.

That means that if the measure is approved by the full General Assembly, ReVenture in Mecklenburg County would be able to sell three renewable energy credits for every megawatt of electricity it generated.

Environmental groups fought the measure, saying it would reduce the total green power output in the state.

ReVenture plans to sell electricity it generates to power companies in this state that are required to buy more green power under a 2007 state law.

Our sister paper, The Charlotte Observer, has been following the issue.

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John Murawski has been a full-time newspaper reporter since 1991, with stints at Legal Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (both in Washington, DC), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Palm Beach Post (in South Florida) before arriving at the N&O in December 2004. At the N&O he covers energy (nuclear, coal, renewable, efficiency), hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), public utilities and health care. His beat includes PSNC Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy Progress, PowerSecure International, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Biogen Idec and others. He has also contributed more than 30 book reviews on topics spanning botany, history, science and religion. You can reach him at 919-829-8932 or e-mail him.