Renewing Berlin through renewable energy: Obstacles remain as city expands its power portfolio

BERLIN - Home to hydro stations, wind turbines, a biomass plant, and with the potential to host a solar farm, the City that Trees Built is gradually rebranding itself as the City of Renewable Energy.

Berlin now cumulatively generates almost 120 megawatts of renewable power from the above sources. Mayor Paul Grenier thinks the city could add another 30 to 40 megawatts of capacity, but the challenge is how to get that power onto the local transmission system, the Coos Loop, and from there into the regional energy market...

Although Burgess BioPower has no immediate plans to expand, plant manager David Walker said, it has the ability to do so in the future onto an adjacent piece of land.

Grenier said Berlin has backed Burgess BioPower because "we wanted to help it become the economic backbone we knew it could be."

The plant employs 27 people onsite, said Walker, and some 200 others statewide, most associated with the production and transportation of wood chips to the plant.

In December, an economic-impact report said that Burgess BioPower "significantly benefits both the Coos County and New Hampshire economies."

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