Report shows positive impact of Burgess Biopower on local economy

By Erin Voegele | December 29, 2017

A report published in late 2017 illustrates the positive impact of Burgess BioPower on its local community and the state of New Hampshire. The report was completed by PolEcon Research and released by Advance NH.

The 75 MW Burgess BioPower facility is located on the site of former pulp mill in Berlin, New Hampshire. The pulp mill closed in 2006. Burgess BioPower began commercial operations in 2014.

According to the report, the economic and fiscal benefits of the Burgess BioPower facility to the city of Berlin, the county of Coos and the state of New Hampshire significantly exceed the costs associated with the facility’s impact on electricity prices in New Hampshire. The report also determined that forecasts of the New England energy market and fossil fuel prices indicate that the risks that Burgess BioPower’s electricity prices will exceed market prices by levels similar to 2015 and 2016 diminish in future years.

The report shows the total annual impact of Burgess BioPower in New Hampshire during 2016 was 221 jobs, $13.9 million in labor income, and $63.4 million in output of goods and services.

The report concludes that Burgess BioPower offers significant economic benefits in the form of increased jobs and income, and tax revenues in a region that has been characterized by weak job and income growth and weakening socioeconomic and demographic trends. The report found early evidence that the plant is helping improve regional socioeconomic and demographic trends, but nots that lags in reporting of this data and the plant’s short operating history allow for only a preliminary assessment of Brugess BioPower’s impacts on these trends.

A full copy of the 35-page report is available on Advance NH’s website