Biomass plant benefits from community outreach
A community outreach program spearheaded by Weston Solutions, an environmental consulting company, has brought a proposed biomass combined-heat-and-power (CHP) project one step closer to reality in Springfield, Vermont. Dan Ingold, Weston Solutions’ senior technical director, has spent nearly three months stationed at the site of the proposed North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project site, answering questions from local citizens and city officials for several hours twice a week. Over the course of 10 weeks, more than 100 people have visited the site. As a result of the outreach effort, local support for the project has improved greatly. Public concerns focused primarily on the impact the project would have on water availability. Those concerns have been addressed by altering the project plans to use a dry cooling system. The facility is expected to begin operations in mid-2014.