USC orders audits of biomass contracts

The University of South Carolina has ordered audits of its contracts with Johnson Controls, the Wisconsin-based energy services company that built the university’s now-idled $20 million biomass plant.

That plant was at the center of a pair of energy-saving contracts that USC signed with JCI. JCI promised USC that its energy-saving efforts would save the university $2.1 million a year or it would pay the university the difference between that sum and USC’s actual savings.

The biomass plant was built without the proper licensing, had several potentially dangerous safety incidents, never operated consistently and now is closed.


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