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2/12/2013

County reaches agreement on heating and cooling biomass project

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Mark McCauley, General Services
Phone: (360) 397-2323 ext. 4960
Mark.McCauley@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – Clark County and Schneider Electric have accepted the recommendation of an independent mediator to resolve contractual issues for a central heating and cooling system for county buildings downtown.

The Board of County Commissioners gave final approval today. The county and company determined that was the best way to proceed, including payment for the first two phases of the project the county approved and a portion of additional expenses. The payment, $292,500, resolves all issues between the county and company.

The plant was expected to generate heat in downtown Vancouver for county buildings, with additional electricity for sale to other customers. The “green energy” development was intended to use recycled forest debris otherwise slated for burning in open slash piles.

The project was terminated based on changing market conditions.

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