New Hampshire city considers effort to push coal out of Schiller plant

A Jan. 9 local news report said that the Portsmouth, N.H., City Council that day voted unanimously to refer a proposed resolution aimed at phasing out coal-fired generation at Public Service Co. of New Hampshire‘s Schiller Station to the city manager for a report back in two weeks.

This is one of the plants that the utility is in the process of auctioning off under a state-imposed mandate. The resolution voted on at the Jan. 9 meeting, buried in a packet of Information for the council members, said the units at Schiller are old, built between 1947 and 1957, and emit various pollutants.

The resolution notes the ongoing sale process for the PSNH plants, including Schiller, and asks that any new plant owner not re-fuel the facility with “carbon, methane or trash based fuel.” It encourages repowering of the site with renewable energy.

Assistant Mayor Jim Splaine said he supported the resolution, but believes it is important to first get a report back from the acting City Manager.

Schiller, located at Portsmouth, has a rated output of 150 MW and is capable of burning coal, oil or wood chips.

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