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6 IPPs withdraw their Supreme Court appeals

September 08, 2011
CONCORD — Associate Justice Robert J. Lynn accepted the withdrawal of the jointly filed appeals made by Bridgewater Power and five other wood-fired Independent Power Plants on Friday afternoon, Sept. 2.

Judge Lynn issued the order as a single justice, withdrawing the appeals of Bridgewater Power, Pinetree Power, Inc., Pinetree Power-Tamworth, Inc., Springfield Power LLC, DG Whitefield, LLC (Whitefield Power & Light Co.), and Indeck Energy-Alexandria, LLC, all of which had objected to the Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) signed earlier between Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and what is now named Berlin Station, formerly Laidlaw-Berlin.

This was the last step in the long effort to put the pieces in place that will allow the remaining stack and boiler on the site of the Burgess pulp mill to be reconstructed into a wood-burning electric plan capable of generating up to 75-megawatts of electricity. The biomass plant will provide 40 direct jobs and many more in the woods and those that support the efforts of foresters and loggers.

All the financing for the $300 million project is in order and ready to go forward, Cate Street Capital CEO and president John Halle said in a telephone interview last week.

Construction should begin the week of Sept. 5, with a 24-and-a-half-month schedule that should bring the plant on-line on Oct. 1, 2013 The city has already signed a payment-in-lieu of taxes agreement that ensures a steady flow of tax dollars.

Other companies are now looking at the pulp mill site in a city and area that is well known for its skilled and dedicated workforce.

The reopening three months ago of the Gorham Paper and Tissue Company plus the soon-to-begin construction of an efficient biomass plant is expected to reverse the image of a city in decline.

Androscoggin Valley town and city officials continue to be thrilled that their hard work and that of Governor John Lynch and Commissioner George Bald of the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) as well as other federal, state, and local elected and appointed officials has had such a large payoff.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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