Biomass power plants have been a staple in New England electricity generation for the past thirty years. In addition to producing local, clean, renewable energy, these biomass power plants create thousands of tons of wood ash – which is good news for farmers! RMI has partnered with these biomass power plants to supply thousands of tons pH+Plus Green wood ash to farmers throughout New England each year.
The success of this partnership is based on the commitment to quality and environmental stewardship shared by both RMI and the biomass plants. Today we recognize two biomass Plant Managers that have been great partners with RMI and our farmers – and we wish them well on their next adventures!
Russ and John have been good friends to RMI and we thank them for their contributions to the wood to energy world!
Russ Dowd is retiring after 24 years as Plant Manager from the Pinetree Power biomass plant in Tamworth, NH. Russ has been zealous in his commitment to the biomass industry, and is particularly noted for his support of the NH Timberland Owners Association. Russ will likely be skiing and traveling a lot more, and spending time with his grandkids!
John Irving is retiring as Plant Manager after 31 years with the Burlington Electric Department in northern Vermont. John’s steady leadership and thoughtful management has kept his team together operating the 50 megawatt McNeil Station with an excellent track record. John will be enjoying his retirement by hopping on a sailboat and heading down the coast to the Caribbean in October.