Northern Wood Power
Completed in December of 2006, Northern Wood Power permanently replaced a 50-megawatt coal-burning boiler at PSNH’s Schiller Station in Portsmouth, NH, with an environmentally friendly system that uses wood chips and other clean, low-grade wood materials for fuel.
By converting the fuel source for power generation from coal to wood chips, Northern Wood Power has positively affected New Hampshire’s natural and economic environments:
- 50 megawatts of cleaner, greener electricity; enough to power approximately 50,000 New Hampshire homes
- Reduces coal use by more than 130,000 tons annually
- Reduces air emissions by more than 400,000 tons annually
- Reduces dependence on fossil fuels by transitioning to a locally available renewable fuel source
- Provides a new and significant wood chip market for New Hampshire’s forest industry
- Construction costs of Northern Wood Power offset through the sale of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
Northern Wood Power has been the recipient of state, regional, national, and international awards for innovation and positive environmental changes.