Oglethorpe Power is putting its plans to construct three 100 MW biomass power plants on hold indefinitely due to federal regulatory uncertainty. In 2008, Oglethorpe Power announced plans to build up to three biomass plants in Georgia, and was studying the best potential sites.

Construction was scheduled to begin this year on the first plant in Warren County, but that’s no longer in the utility’s plans, the company announced, due to a string of government regulatory issues that have surfaced over the past year and a half.

“We feel there is still considerable uncertainty over whether biomass generation will be treated as a renewable resource and will be considered carbon neutral,” according to Oglethorpe Power.