What People are Saying

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  1. […] What People are Saying « Offer Your Support […]

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  2. April 18, 2011

    The Honorable John Lynch
    Office of the Governor
    State House
    107 North Main Street
    Concord, NH 03301

    RE: New Hampshire’s forests and biomass industry

    Governor Lynch,

    New Hampshire has an abundance of “low-grade” wood growing in its forests. These forests are beautiful to look at and contribute millions of tourism dollars to the state’s economy. However, because of the species of trees, more than 60 percent of New Hampshire’s standing timber is categorized as “low-grade” (i.e. unsuitable for saw or veneer log production). This statistic is from Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) data produced by the U.S. Forest Service.

    Fortunately, New Hampshire’s timberland owners and forest products industry currently have a market for low-grade wood through pulp mills in adjacent states and our own biomass (wood chips) power plants. These markets make it economically feasible for timberland owners, loggers, and foresters to improve forest health through sustainable forestry while creating local jobs and supporting the economy in communities throughout New Hampshire.

    Unfortunately, as a result of depressed electricity and renewable power markets, four of New Hampshire’s biomass power plants are jeopardy of closing.

    Economic data collected by the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association (NHTOA) and the UNH Cooperative Extension, shows that if these four biomass power plants close, New Hampshire will lose about 80 power plant jobs. The data also estimates that the total direct economic impact of these plants (wood purchases and operational costs) is more than $38 million per year. Through the procurement of wood fuel each plant also supports more than 250 additional jobs for foresters, loggers, and truckers. If all four plants close, approximately 1,080 jobs would be impacted. And, when you consider the economic multiplier associated with fuel purchase – each dollar spent to purchase low-grade wood contributes $2.95 in indirect economic benefit to New Hampshire’s local community and region (based on the 2002 New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development study, Existing and Potential Markets for Low Grade Wood in New Hampshire, these power plants contribute an additional $71.3 million to the economy. This brings the total direct and indirect economic contribution from the four power plants to New Hampshire’s economy to just over $110 million.

    Moreover, New Hampshire’s biomass power plants are an important part of New Hampshire’s energy policy as they provide fuel diversity to the state’s energy market. This is clearly described in “Fuel Diversity/Buffer Against Global Instability” a guiding principle in the State Energy Policy Commission’s December 1, 2008, report.

    Because of their importance to New Hampshire’s economy and to the state’s energy policy, the NHTOA is asking you and the New Hampshire Legislature to work with us to find a way to keep these facilities economically viable in the short term while we seek a long-term solution that considers the state’s overall energy policy and renewable energy goals.

    Please let us know how we can help you and your staff with this effort.

    Thank you,

    Jasen A. Stock
    Executive Director
    NH Timberland Owner’s Association

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  3. Posted by nate anderson on April 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    The shut down of these plants will not only effect NH it will also effect many other states in the area. People need to take action and not allow these plants to be shut down.

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  4. Great job on the blog. Need to keep the story out in front of folks, we have a great story to tell but not enough people have heard it. I imagine your blog will reach an important segment of the NH population. I especially like your “How You Can Help” widget. Keep it up!

    Have added a link to your site on my blog…

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  5. Posted by Paul on March 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    The assets of using biomass to produce energy far outweigh the liabilities. First and foremost biomass equates to viable and sustainable jobs both upstream and downstream from the power generating plant. Upstream we have the forestry workers, loggers and truck drivers. Downstream we have our local farmers and others in the agricultural sectors who realize the benefits of biomass residuals in the form of a viable and cost effective means of valuable and beneficial fertilizer when compared to the more traditional commercial petro-chemical fertilizers that are on the market today. This equates to less toxic runoff entering our waterways, as well as a readily soluble form of essential nutrients that directly contribute to plant and tree growth.
    Not to be discounted are the contributions of biomass energy producers to our communities in the realization of additional tax revenues, while at the same time maintaining a minimal impact on city/town infrastructure and town services.
    In summation, biomass is renewable, environmentally friendly, cost effective, job sustaining and clean! The end result being a WIN for the environment, a WIN for our agricultural professionals, a WIN for the taxpayer and a WIN for the electric rate payer!

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  6. “This is critical. The benefit farmers receive from the ash, the only outlet for low quality timber, use of renewable green fuels for production of electricity. And the jobs created. We must continue.”
    G. Krause, Ctr. Barnstead, NH

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  7. “Many local entities are struggling! Perhaps our state needs a contral “local” powerhouse voice to represent NH in the focus.”
    H. Letarte, Tamworth, NH

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  8. “There is no way I can support the Laidlaw plant proposal in Berlin if it threatens the existing plants.”
    J. Amey, Pittsburg, NH

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  9. It seems that the powers to be will fight for the Northern Pass at any expense, where is the PUC in these issues?
    M. Mooney, Belmont, NH

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  10. “In our push for sustainability in both agriculture and energy, it would be a crime to shut down these plants which help keep NH energy independent!”
    D. Kennard, Harrisville, NH

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