New Hampshire Utility Plans "Northern Wood Power Project"

December 03, 2003

Photo of coal-fired power plant in back of waterway in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Public Service of New Hampshire hopes to replace this coal-fired power station in Portsmouth with a low-emission, state-of-the-art facility that runs on biomass fuels.
Credit: Public Service of New Hampshire

Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) filed a plan with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission on August 28 to build an electricity generating station in Portsmouth that fires on low-grade wood. PSNH calls it the "Northern Wood Power Project" because it would provide a profitable use for low-grade wood, such as whole tree chips, sawmill residues, and other by-products from the wood products industry. For more on the project, see the PSNH fact sheet (PDF 77 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

The power station would be rated at 50 MW and would replace a coal-fired unit with the same rated capacity at the Schiller Generating Station. The new wood-fired boiler would emit 380,000 fewer tons of emissions per year than the Schiller station generates with coal. PSNH estimates the cost of the plant at $70 million and wants to market the output as green power to markets in New England. For details, see the PSNH August 28 press release.