Cutbacks in Boise's 'green projects'

A plant that would have produced heat and electricity from burning methane gas created by wastewater treatment, and a revolving loan fund to help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient are coming off the city's list of stimulus-funded projects.

Logistics and time constraints have forced the City Council to cancel those plans.

"We were really disappointed. We all liked what we put forward. We still have a good solid breadth of programming," Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said.

Last June, city leaders approved eight "green projects" for the city's $2.04 million share of federal stimulus money. But to meet federal deadlines, the city needs to have 90 percent, or $1.84 million, of the money under contract by June 25.

Neither the energy plant nor the revolving loan fund could be under way by then.

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