Bioenergy

New Hampshire Wood-Fired Boiler Plan a Go-Ahead

May 17, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission has OK’d modifications to its earlier approval of Public Service of New Hampshire’s (PSNH) “Northern Wood Power Project,” a plan to replace a coal-burning boiler with a wood-fired boiler at the Schiller Station power generation plant in Portsmouth. The changes to the PUC’s original order of February 6, 2004, were sought by PSNH, the NH Office of Consumer Advocate, the NH Office of Energy and Planning and the NH Timberland Owner’s Association. The parties had asked that the PUC’s cost recovery mechanism be simplified – and that the company and customers share equally any risk or reward if the project ends up costing more – or less – than anticipated. PSNH expects no impact on customer rates as a result of the project, as the $70 million cost is expected to be offset through the sale of Renewable Energy Certificates to energy suppliers.In the same order, the NHPUC today denied a motion, filed by representatives of the existing wood-fired power plants in the state, to reconsider its approval of the PSNH wood project. The PSNH project is still awaiting approval by the City of Portsmouth for a building permit, as well as two remaining zoning variances.