SEC Heat

I’ll be posting video of Mayor Paul Grenier’s presentation to the SEC on Tuesday shortly. It’ll also go up on the Reporter’s Facebook page. It is his complete comments, from those approved by the city council to those of Burnham Judd, which he read, to his own comments, which he shared with the SEC.

There have been some grumblings about his comments, how they were presented, and the fact the other councilors from the coalition that ran together last fall also got up to speak. I’ll be delving into that in next week’s paper, but suffice to say I heard from several councilors that the relative Monday night tranquility is over.

So stay tuned for the video. I have to split it in half to get it on YouTube, so it doesn’t run over the ten minute requirement, but I’ll get it up shortly.

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  1. This is what life next to the third largest power station in the country will unfortunately be like:

    This happens to be the same power station Councilor Danderson continually refers to when talking about Laidlaw.

    I couldn’t make this up. It was actually in last week’s seacoast paper.


    PSNH vows to quiet Schiller Station noise
    By David Ramsay
    March 02, 2010 2:00 AM

    ELIOT, Maine — Public Service of New Hampshire told 18 Eliot residents Monday evening that the company is poised to install two separate, custom-made, state-of-the art devices to reduce noise stemming from its wood-fired Schiller Station electric power plant. Residents were largely thankful that PSNH was taking positive steps to address the issue; one person in attendance expressed skepticism.

    The meeting held at the company’s conference room at Schiller Station was called by power plant officials, who had promised residents at a June 2009 meeting that the company was committed to finding a solution to the noise problem.

    Last April, residents said they were being awakened by what they described as jet-engine level noise from the Schiller plant, which officials eventually traced to an induced draft fan that connects the wood-fired boiler with an exhaust stack. The plant is located in Portsmouth, N.H., across the Piscataqua River from the South Eliot neighborhood.

    Eliot resident Dan Bogannam organized the June meeting, at which residents told plant officials about how the noise was making life outdoors during the summer miserable and conversations impossible.

    PSNH officials William Smagula, Director of Generation, and Schiller Station manager Richard Despins explained about the research efforts and engineering solutions they believe will significantly reduce the noise.

    “We take your concerns very seriously and try to understand what you’re saying … and recognize that this is an industrial area, the plant’s been here a long time, but it’s our job to operate it properly, meet all of our regulatory obligations and try to be good neighbors,” Smagula said.

    “From what I gathered last summer, there was clearly a change in the noise,” he said.

    PSNH determined the disturbance was caused by the removal of a noise-reducing device that was interfering with the proper operation of emission-detecting devices in the stack.

    To find a solution, PSNH hired two prominent noise consultants on the East Coast, who determined the cause was the induced draft fan.

    Armed with the consultants’ findings, PSNH then found two companies that provided two separate but complementary methods to significantly reduce the noise.

    Despins told the residents he is confident that one or both of the devices will work, and that they will be installed in April during the annual shutdown, beginning April 10. After installation, noise measurements will be taken at the plant and, if necessary, across the river at the affected properties.

    “We all realize that you’ve gone through extraordinary efforts and hopefully will overcome this problem,” said Bogannam. “I can well imagine the cost involved; we thoroughly appreciate your responding to us.”

    One resident, Robert Grant, agreed that the fan was the cause of noise but was skeptical that the proposed fixes were enough, saying he suspects additional soundproofing will be needed.

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