Bill would allow state to take Thermal Plant

Monday, February 26, 2001 at 1:00am

Faced with an estimated $5 million extra in energy bills if the Metro Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant raises its rates for heating and cooling state office buildings, state legislators proposed instead to condemn the plant and take it over.

Thermal is a stand-alone public utility owned by Metro, burning solid waste (and natural gas) and creating heating and cooling energy for Metro office buildings, privately owned buildings and state office buildings.

A bill introduced by Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) and Matt Kisber (D-Jackson) would enable the state to simply take over the plant and operate it as serving a

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