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New Hampshire Logging Industry Rallies Against Governor’s Biomass Veto

Rallying Thursday, supporters of New Hampshire’s biomass industry made one message clear: the crunch is on. Plant operators, loggers, mayors and politicians have railed against Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a subsidy for biomass plants since it was issued June 19. But with days left before lawmakers convene Sept. 13 to reconsider vetoed bills, advocates […]

New Hampshire Governor’s Veto Of Biomass Bill Devastates Forest Industry

Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed Senate Bill 365 last month, a critical bill for six New Hampshire biomass plants that provide a market for our local forest landowners to sustainably manage their lands. It has only been a few weeks and already our state’s $1.4 billion forest economy is reeling from his decision. Since his veto, […]

New Hampshire Loggers Hit Hard By Veto Of Biomass Subsidies

Eric Cole was at home on Poverty Lane making dinner earlier this month when his phone rang. One of his customers was calling with bad news: A new $390,000 logging skidder that Cole, a heavy equipment salesman, had just delivered would have to be returned. The customer, an Upper Valley logger whom Cole declined to […]

EPA Chief Signals Push To Declare Wood Energy Carbon-Neutral

During his New Hampshire visit Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signaled plans for new federal energy policies that could bolster a struggling regional industry – biomass. In a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu, Pruitt suggests the agency plans to add biomass, including wood and other plant-based fuels, to its “‘all of the above’ […]

Biomass Markets: Who Will Buy Northeast’s Low-Grade Wood?

Van Webb, a logger and farmer from Sunapee, harvested from a mostly white pine lot on a 57-acre property in Unity, N.H., in 2016. Many of the pine trees he harvested were low-grade — meaning the logs could not be sawed into boards at a sawmill. Instead, he sent the wood to the biomass plant […]

New Hampshire Biomass Industry Gets A Temporary Lifeline

Biomass markets in New England are having a tough time surviving. Low wholesale power prices, combined with flagging incentives for renewable biomass from states in Southern New England, have left biomass plants throughout the region struggling to continue operations. As markets for low-grade wood—both pulpwood and biomass—have declined in the Northeast, remaining low-grade markets have […]

Plug Pulled On New Hampshire Biomass Plant

State and local leaders are expressing concern that Indeck Energy will idle electric generation at its biomass plant at month’s end, but company representatives say the decision to mothball the facility was driven solely by the weak wholesale market and the low reimbursement rates under the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard law. Rich Killion, a spokesman […]

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 […]

Declining Electricity Prices In The Northeast Hinder Biomass Market

In 2015, New Hampshire set a record for biomass use: 2.6 million tons of low-grade wood was converted to electricity. In 2014, biomass accounted for roughly 22 percent of Maine’s total harvest volume. Depending on local markets, biomass represents between 20-30 percent of the harvest volume in the Northeast, which equates to a significant amount […]

Eight Years Of Renewable Energy At New Hampshire’s Northern Wood Power

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) is celebrating the eighth anniversary of the Northern Wood Power biomass unit at Schiller Station. Northern Wood Power was completed and became operational in December, 2006, permanently replacing a 50-megawatt coal-burning boiler with an environmentally-friendly system that uses clean wood chips for fuel. It has earned state, regional, national, […]

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