The Executive Council says the proposed agreement would be great for the economy of the North Country.
The Executive Council is urging the Public Utilities Commission to approve an agreement between six small wood-fired biomass plants and Public Service of New Hampshire that would allow the proposed Berlin biomass plant to go ahead (http://www.nhpr.org/deal-saves-berlin-biomass-project-helps-small-plants).
In addition, Amy Ignatius, one of the three P.U.C. commissioners, says she is withdrawing from the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict-of-interest.
In an August 24th letter the Executive Council said the proposed agreement will “maintain the operation of the Wood IPPs at a time of uncertainty in the national energy market. They will keep employed not only those persons who work at the six plants, but also those in New Hampshire’s forest products industry and in the many small businesses that serve the men and women employed in that industry.”
The Council also praised the deal for allowing the Burgess BioPower project in Berlin to go ahead saying “it will bring needed jobs, renewable power, and economic development for Coos County.”
In a recent letter to the P.U.C. Commissioner Ignatius said because her husband Jeffrey Meyers is the Governor Lynch’s legal counsel and was involved in the negotiations that led to the deal – it would be best if she was not involved.
The P.U.C. has set a pre-hearing conference on the proposed deal for Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. in Concord.