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NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION!

There are a handful of Senators that need to hear from us regarding the importance of biomass power. 
These calls need to be made prior to Thursday
The specific messages they need to hear are:
  1. NH’s biomass plants are struggling to survive under the current power and renewable energy markets.  There are seven plants across the state with 4 on the verge of closing.
  2.  Each plant represents 20 direct power plant jobs. Total direct economic impact per plant (wood purchases and operational costs) is conservatively over $10 million per year.  Indirectly each plant supports over 250 in-woods jobs harvesting and trucking timber and wood chips. (These are numbers from the survey work NHTOA and UNH Cooperative Extension did). 
  3. Policymakers are in a position to help keep these plants viable. If asked what they can do: 
         1) Help facilitate the negotiation of short-term contract between the power plants and the state’s utilities/competitive energy suppliers and, 
        2) Modify the NH Renewable Power laws to be more supportive of in-state biomass production)
When you call please stress JOBS.  Be sure to mention the number of employees you have and emphasize that your company and you personally would loose XXX jobs if the power plants close.
 
The Senators that need to hear from us are:
  •  John Gallus (Coos County): 752-1066 (home), 271-3077 (office)
  •  Jeannie Forrester (Grafton County): 271-2104 (office), 279-1459 (home)
  •  Jeb Bradley (Carroll County): 271-2106 (office)
  •  Robert Odell (Sullivan County): 863-9797 (office), 271-6733 (office-Concord)
 Also, it would not hurt if the Senate President heard from some of us. His name is Peter Bragdon and he covers the Towns of Amherst, Greenville, Jaffrey, Milford, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon, Temple and Wilton.  His numbers are 673-7135 (home), 271-2111 (office).
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary on April 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    I called Senator Forrester – keep up the pressure!

    Reply

  2. Posted by Ed on April 6, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    I called Sen. Bradley and Gallus yesterday. Please post your calls so we can show how important this issue is!

    Reply

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