Biomass http://nhpr.org en Half The Wood For Berlin Biomass Coming From New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/half-wood-berlin-biomass-coming-new-hampshire <p>About 51 percent of the wood purchased for the new Burgess BioPower biomass plant in Berlin during its first two months of operation came from New Hampshire, according to a new “sustainability” <a href="http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/2009-02/documents/140516report.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">filed with the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.</span></p><p>Thirty-five percent came from Maine.</p><p>Five percent from Vermont.</p><p>Eight percent from Massachusetts.</p><p>And "one truck load" came from Canada.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:50:32 +0000 Chris Jensen 49065 at http://nhpr.org Wood-Energy Group To Provide 'Coaches' For Wood-Boiler Installs http://nhpr.org/post/wood-energy-group-provide-coaches-wood-boiler-installs <p></p><p>Thanks to a $250,000 dollar federal grant a new group is working to promote the burning of wood for heating in high-efficiency boilers in the Granite state</p><p>The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council consists of nearly fifty biomass supporters from state agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry representatives. Those representatives will serve as ambassadors for using wood-pellet and wood-chip boilers.</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 47027 at http://nhpr.org Wood-Energy Group To Provide 'Coaches' For Wood-Boiler Installs The Search Is On: Colder Winter, Fewer Wood Pellets http://nhpr.org/post/search-colder-winter-fewer-wood-pellets <p>Those big stacks of wood pellets typically seen each fall in the parking lots of big box stores aren’t so easy to find right now. And, that’s posing a challenge for people like Andy Langlois of Berlin.</p><p>He heats with pellets and has become a hunter-gatherer.</p><p>“I had to start calling around as well as just stopping by places just to see if anybody has them and then how many they have,” he said.</p><p>Around the state stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot are often coming up short, spokeswomen for the companies acknowledged.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:36:07 +0000 Chris Jensen 44145 at http://nhpr.org The Search Is On: Colder Winter, Fewer Wood Pellets New Woodstove Rules Could Clear The Air, Push Up Prices http://nhpr.org/post/new-woodstove-rules-could-clear-air-push-prices <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A new EPA Clean Air standard for wood stoves is set to take effect next year.</p><p>It has been 25 years since the EPA wrote the first woodstove regulations. Since the rules were last refreshed, the health hazards from the unburned particles in wood smoke have been researched and quantified. But with the new rules now pending, manufacturers are saying that prices for new stoves will rise, and worry that will result in more people sticking with dirty old stoves.</p><p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Cheap, But Dirty</strong></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 43543 at http://nhpr.org New Woodstove Rules Could Clear The Air, Push Up Prices Looking To Save Money, More Companies, Towns Turn To New Boilers That Heat With Wood http://nhpr.org/post/looking-save-money-more-companies-towns-turn-new-boilers-heat-wood <p>Around the state more institutions, towns and businesses are turning away from oil in favor of heating with wood, viewing it as a renewable resource that helps the region’s economy,&nbsp;lowers the carbon footprint and apparently saves money.</p><p>There’s a good example in the basement of the main building at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem.</p><p>The old is a huge, black, gray and rust-fringed H.B. Smith boiler that once feasted on heating oil.</p><p>A few feet away are three modern-looking, green and white pellet boilers.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:58:47 +0000 Chris Jensen 38325 at http://nhpr.org Looking To Save Money, More Companies, Towns Turn To New Boilers That Heat With Wood OSHA Claims Some Berlin Biomass Contractors Put Workers At Risk http://nhpr.org/post/osha-claims-some-berlin-biomass-contractors-put-workers-risk <p>Federal officials say six companies building a biomass plant in Berlin have put workers at risk by not following safety regulations.</p><p>The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposes fining the companies&nbsp;about $280,000&nbsp;for thirty-one “willful, serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards.”</p><p>“These hazards included potential cave-ins, falls, scaffold collapse, crushing, exposure to lead and electrocution hazards,” said OSHA spokesman Ted Fitzgerald.</p><p>Fitzgerald said there were no serious injuries or deaths.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:16:28 +0000 Chris Jensen 37131 at http://nhpr.org More Fuel For Debate Over Wood Energy http://nhpr.org/post/more-fuel-debate-over-wood-energy <p>New research raises new questions about how green&nbsp;burning wood really is, given the carbon impacts of both cutting and burning trees for energy.&nbsp; But biomass supporters say carbon calculations are complicated…taking into account the lifecycle of trees, the sustainable practices of foresters today…and although not perfect, is far better than fossil fuels.</p><p></p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 32489 at http://nhpr.org More Fuel For Debate Over Wood Energy 'Obamacare' And Green Energy Bill Bound Together By Poison Pill Tactic http://nhpr.org/post/obamacare-and-green-energy-bill-bound-together-poison-pill-tactic <p></p><p>New Hampshire is one of only three states with a split legislature: Republicans control the Senate, Democrats the House of Representatives. The two bodies have shown an ability to work together on some issues this session, including business tax credits and limits on lead fishing tackle.</p><p></p><p>But with the end of the legislative year fast approaching, inter-chamber gamesmanship is on the rise. It can start simple enough. A routine legislative procedure on the House floor.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown & Todd Bookman 29440 at http://nhpr.org 'Obamacare' And Green Energy Bill Bound Together By Poison Pill Tactic Biomass Controversies http://nhpr.org/post/biomass-controversies <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><br><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u>: What is “biomass” and why is it controversial as a potential source of energy?</strong><em>-- Edward White, New Bedford, MA</em><br><br>Biomass is plant matter that is burned as a source of energy. Fallen or cut wood that is burned for heat is one primary form of biomass, but another includes plant or animal matter that is converted into biofuels.</p><p></p> Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000 21542 at http://nhpr.org Biomass Controversies PSNH Files to Adjust Rates http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-files-adjust-rates <p>Public Service of New Hampshire <a href="http://www.psnh.com/MediaCenter/Press-Releases/2012-Press-Releases/PSNH-Files-for-Reduction-in-Energy-Charge.aspx">has asked for a change </a>in how much it charges consumers for electricity.</p><p>PSNH asked the Public Utilities Commission for a ten percent decrease in the price it charges for electricity.&nbsp;But any savings consumers might see would be eaten up by a simultaneous increase in the Stranded Cost Recovery charge.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 19:17:22 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 4210 at http://nhpr.org PSNH Files to Adjust Rates New Renewable Energy Rules Face an Uphill Battle http://nhpr.org/post/new-renewable-energy-rules-face-uphill-battle <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The New Hampshire legislature is considering a bill that would expand the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/tps/climate/rps.htm">renewable portfolio standards</a>.&nbsp;That means more money to subsidize renewable energy.</p><p>Supporters say the measure is a real boost to the state&rsquo;s wood industries, but critics doubt whether the new subsidies are worth the price.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a little something for everyone in the <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2012/SB0218.html">new Renewable Portfolio Standards</a>.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 20:19:36 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 2855 at http://nhpr.org New Renewable Energy Rules Face an Uphill Battle Why Maine - and Berlin - Lost the Aircraft Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/why-maine-and-berlin-lost-aircraft-jobs <p>Wisconsin lured Kestrel Aircraft away from Maine &ndash; and consequently Berlin &ndash; with a far stronger, multi-million dollar package, the Portland Press Herald is reporting.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s what the newspaper says each state offered Kestrel.</p><p><strong>WISCONSIN</strong><strong>:</strong></p><p><strong>&bull; </strong>$30 million in tax credit allocations immediately through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority</p><p><strong>&bull; </strong>$30 million in tax credit allocations by the end of 2012 through the Wisconsin development authority</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:40:49 +0000 Chris Jensen 1456 at http://nhpr.org Job Fair For Berlin Biomass Plant But There Is A Catch http://nhpr.org/post/job-fair-berlin-biomass-plant-there-catch <p>The Berlin Daily Sun is reporting there will be a job fair in Berlin next Thursday (Nov. 10th) for the new biomass plant but&nbsp;the construction&nbsp;workers must either be union members or agree to temporarily pay union dues.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The job fair is being held by the New Hampshire Building Trades Council which will be providing union workers for the construction of the facility,&rdquo; the newspaper reported.</em></p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 20:01:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 241 at http://nhpr.org New Massachusetts Rules Could Hurt New Hampshire Biomass http://nhpr.org/post/new-massachusetts-rules-could-hurt-new-hampshire-biomass <div class="transcript"><p>Massachusetts is expected to announce new rules that will raise the bar on the definition of green energy.</p><p>NHPR&rsquo;s Sam Evans-Brown reports that shift could cost NH electric producers millions of dollars.</p><p>Massachusetts is on track to pass new regulations aimed at cutting the amount of greenhouse gasses going into the atmosphere.</p><p>The focus is on power from biomass &ndash; basically, burning wood to make electricity.</p> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 94 at http://nhpr.org New Massachusetts Rules Could Hurt New Hampshire Biomass