SPRINGFIELD, N.H. — A group of Upper Valley Democrats on Wednesday lamented the closing of a biomass power plant in Springfield, saying its loss will harm New Hampshire’s timber industry and deprive foresters of a reliable source of income.
Standing outside the Springfield Power plant near Interstate 89, the three lawmakers and a candidate for state Senate laid blame on Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who vetoed a bill in August that would have required utilities to buy renewable generation credits from biomass facilities.
“Sununu’s veto made abundantly clear where his priorities lie. Not with the laid-off workers or promoting local renewable energy sources but with safeguarding the interest of large, corporate special needs,” state Rep. Lee Oxenham, D-Plainfield, said during an event organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
She was joined by state Reps. Brian Sullivan, of Grantham, and Linda Tanner, of Georges Mills, as well as Jenn Alford-Teaster, a Sutton Democrat again running for a Newport-area Senate seat.
Mount Laurel, N.J.-based EWP Renewable Corp., a unit of South Korea-based Korea East-West Power Co., announced its intention to close the Springfield plant last month. The company also plans to close a sister plant in Whitefield, N.H., letting about 20 workers go at each location, officials at the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association said at the time.