permit application approved
Laidlaw Energy Group, Inc. indicated that
the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee unanimously approved
Laidlaw Berlin BioPower’s application to construct and operate
a 70 megawatt biomass plant in Berlin.
The approval comes with a large number of conditions, including
a list of stipulations negotiated between the city and Laidlaw.
SEC Attorney Michael Iacopino said other conditions include a
signed wood supply agreement with Cousineau Forest Products,
an operations agreement with Homeland Renewable, an Engineering,
Procurement, and Construction agreement with Babcox and Wilcox
and a wood harvesting sustainability agreement negotiated with
the Counsel for the Public. The state Public Utilities Commission
must also approve the 20 year power purchase agreement between
Laidlaw and Public Service of New Hampshire.
The 9 member committee deliberated for 2
days following a 9 month procedure that included a 900 page application,
a public hearing and site visit in Berlin, 2 technical sessions,
and 6 days of adversarial hearings.