Schiller Plant Held-up Over Crossing Agreement

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] State regulators may have to settle a dispute over access to the Schiller Station power plant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) requested an overhead track crossing agreement from Guilford Rail System, and Guilford refused the request. An agreement is necessary because the utility wants to build a conveyor system to carry the wood chips across the tracks to the Schiller plant. There is an existing conveyor system that used to carry coal for the power plant across the tracks before Schiller was outfitted with a wood-burning boiler. Guilford subsequently asked the Rockingham Country Superior Court for an injunction preventing PSNH from proceeding with the new conveyor system. The court has not yet acted on the request. PSNH has since requested an easement from the NH Public Utilities Commission citing eminent domain authority, and has asked the commission to determine an appropriate level of compensation to Guilford.
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