Two of New Hampshire's six independent biomass energy plants—Springfield Power and DG Whitefield—announced in mid-October that they are closing and will lay off staff. Each plant employs 20 full-time workers in rural Springfield and Whitefield, New Hampshire. The plants had been in operation since the mid-1980s
The plants announced the closures after the New Hampshire legislature failed to override Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of House Bill 183, which passed both the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities and which would have guaranteed the plants' continued operation for at least three years.
"We are disappointed that this important jobs and forestry solution was turned into a political control battle," said Edward Kent, president of EWP Renewable Corp., the owner of both plants. "The New Hampshire people elected their representatives to impose the will of their constituents. We thank those lawmakers who had the courage to vote their conscience and support their constituents."