BPA welcomes new members Granite Shore Power, Veolia

By Biomass Power Association | March 08, 2018

Biomass Power Association today announced that Granite Shore Power, the owner of the biomass power facility Schiller Station in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has joined the Association as a new member. Granite Shore Power joins the association along with Veolia, a multinational firm with expertise in energy operations, technology and engineering.

“We are thrilled to welcome Granite Shore Power and Veolia as Biomass Power Association’s newest members,” said Carrie Annand, executive director of Biomass Power Association. “Biomass is an important source of clean power in New Hampshire, where the Schiller Station provides electricity to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, as well as supports the forestry industry.  Veolia is an internationally recognized provider of energy equipment and technology that serves many of our existing members. The biomass power industry is strongest when we work together to achieve policy outcomes, and counting Granite Shore Power and Veolia among our members will be a huge asset.”

Schiller Generation Station is located on approximately 81 acres along the western banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, adjacent to Newington Station. Schiller Station has two, dual fuel units capable of firing coal or fuel oil, a fuel oil fired combustion turbine, and a 50 MW biomass boiler combining for a total output of 155 MW (winter capacity). The units serve mainly as peaking resources for the grid, with the exception of the biomass boiler, which operates as a baseload unit, producing renewable energy around the clock and providing vital grid stabilization energy for the New Hampshire Seacoast.

“We look forward to joining forces with the other biomass power facilities in New England and beyond through our membership in Biomass Power Association,” said Granite Shore Power President Jim Andrews. “The Association has established itself as a strong and effective voice for its members in the nation’s capital, advancing a policy agenda that strengthens facilities like ours and the communities we serve. Biomass power provides a rich array of benefits beyond power, including shoring up the local economy and contributing to the health of the surrounding forests. Working with BPA, we aim to ensure that Schiller Station is recognized for all of these important contributions.”

Veolia’s mission is to resource the world, helping customers address their environmental and sustainability challenges in energy, water and waste. This means improving clients’ energy efficiency, better managing their water and wastewater, and recovering resources from their wastes. Biomass plays a big role in sustainability for Veolia, which owns and operates facilities around the world.  

“We are proud to serve biomass power customers around the world,” said Thomas McCarthy, Veolia North America’s northeast region director of business development. “Becoming a member of the trade association representing U.S. biopower helps us achieve our goals by supporting policy positions that will help our customers attain full compensation for the many services they provide. We look forward to working closely with Biomass Power Association and all of its members.”