Burgess is the largest power generator in NH to run on locally sourced fuel and has provided more clean, renewable energy than any other facility in New England. Burgess BioPower is the 4th largest power generator in New Hampshire, behind only nuclear and imported natural gas.
Biomass is renewable organic material that comes from plants and animals. Burgess BioPower generates power from woody biomass. When foresters cut trees and harvest the wood, low-grade materials including branches, wood chips, and sawdust, are collected and burned at the Burgess facility to create electricity for the NH power grid.
Burgess BioPower provides tremendous value from an economic, energy and environmental standpoint. Burgess supports more than 240 jobs, from employees who work at the facility itself to people who work in the forestry industry as loggers and haulers. These are people and families who depend on Burgess for their livelihoods.
Beyond just jobs, Burgess supports nearly $70 million in annual economic activity, which equates to $1.4 billion over the 20-year PPA. Burgess purchases over 800,000 tons of low-grade wood each year, providing critical financial support to regional foresters throughout New Hampshire and supporting sustainable forestry management practices. Burgess supports 65% more jobs than an equivalent natural gas-fired power plant.
When it comes to energy security, Burgess’s value goes well beyond cost. The New England power grid is overwhelmingly and unsustainably dependent on natural gas. Burgess provides more than 500,000 megawatt hours of reliable, locally sourced, price-stable, baseload power each year we can all rely on regardless of the sun, the wind or pipeline capacity.
The power grid is vulnerable because it’s overly dependent on natural gas. That becomes a major issue during prolonged periods of extreme cold, as natural gas pipeline capacity into New Hampshire and New England is constrained. When it is extremely cold, especially over an extended period of time, more natural gas is directed to homes for heating and less natural gas is directed to power generators for electricity production. That ratio places the power grid at risk and the grid operator, ISO-NE has stated that this scenario raises the very real possibility of rolling blackouts.
That’s why Burgess plays such a critical role as a baseload power generator. Burgess delivers 500,000 megawatt hours of price-stable power to the New Hampshire grid each year regardless of the weather conditions, and regardless of the availability of natural gas.
Burgess BioPower supports more than 240 jobs between the facility itself and the suppliers, vendors, loggers and haulers who depend on the facility every day. Burgess purchases more than 800,000 tons of low-grade wood each year, ensuring the livelihoods of regional foresters throughout New Hampshire, while at the same time supporting sustainable forestry management.