"ADAGE, the joint venture of AREVA and Duke Energy, is dropping plans to develop a biomass plant in Mason County. According to a news release from the Port of Shelton, representatives from ADAGE notified Port officials of their intent to halt development of a 55-megawatt wood-fired power plant on John's Prairie due to a weak market for renewable energy, specifically biomass. In the release, Port Executive Director John Dobson states “ADAGE was confident that it was well on its way in obtaining the necessary environmental and construction permits and had secured the necessary contracts for their fuel supply. However, since many utilities in Washington State have or will meet the public’s mandate (Initiative I-937) for renewable energy over the next three years, the demand for this power plant’s output is simply not there.” Voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006 which requires utilities with more than 25,000 customers to get 15 percent of their power from a renewable source by 2020. Biomass is on the list of renewable sources. The community has had a vigorous debate over the proposed biomass plant, which has also been called an incinerator, and whether it would be environmentally safe. But the news release says "Ultimately the decision by ADAGE to suspend development was made by the marketplace.”"