Loggers To Lobby N.H. Legislators On Overturning Biomass Bill Veto

Jul 12, 2018

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New Hampshire loggers want the legislature to overturn Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a bill to bolster the biomass industry.

They will make their case Thursday night at a closed meeting in Bridgewater.

The state's biomass industry supports around 900 jobs, but proponents say its impacts go far beyond that.

Loggers can sell low-grade timber to power plants that burn wood chips for fuel, which they say keeps their industry and many rural economies afloat.

In meeting with legislators, the state’s timber industry will likely point out that three local biomass plants are going idle this summer as they wait for a decision on the veto.

The bill in question would require utilities to buy more biomass energy at a discounted rate. Sununu has argued it would cost ratepayers too much.

He did sign a separate measure, extending subsidies for Burgess BioPower in Berlin.