New Hampshire Celebrates Bioenergy Day By Opening New Biomass Plant

New Hampshire state officials celebrated National Bioenergy Day by holding an open house to recognize the completion of a new wood biomass boiler that will heat a major state building in Concord. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the Department of Health and Human Services facility on Hazen Drive in Concord will […]

New Hampshire state officials celebrated National Bioenergy Day by holding an open house to recognize the completion of a new wood biomass boiler that will heat a major state building in Concord.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the Department of Health and Human Services facility on Hazen Drive in Concord will be heated this winter with sustainably sourced local wood biomass chips instead of natural gas.

The project was completed through an innovative financing mechanism in partnership with ConEdison Solutions, a national energy services company. It is part of a comprehensive $12.7 million energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrade for facilities in the Meldrim Thomson State Office Park East.

“We are here today to recognize the role that wood biomass energy can play in protecting NH’s environment, reducing energy costs, and creating opportunities for economic growth,” said Thomas Burack, Commissioner of the NHDES. “This project was borne out of development of the State Climate Action Plan. It will reduce net carbon emissions while retaining dollars in the state economy through avoided energy costs and in-state energy resource development.”

The heat plan features a 2.5 mega-watt Messersmith wood chip boiler with a state-of-the-art electrostatic precipitator to control air emissions. Wood chips will be sourced from sustainable forestry operations in the greater Concord area, supporting local forest landowners and loggers. The NHDES/Health and Human Services Building at 29 Hazen Drive will experience a 33% drop in total energy consumption and a greater than 80% drop in fossil fuel usage. This exceptional outcome will be achieved by combining a tremendous gain in efficiency in the building, mainly occurring in the lab section, with the biomass boiler.

From AltEnergyMag.com: http://www.altenergymag.com/news/2016/10/31/state-officials-celebrate-national-bioenergy-day-with-opening-of-new-wood-biomass-heating-plant/24989/

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