Winstanley Enters Joint Venture Agreement with WESTON
North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project Files for CPG
SPRINGFIELD, VT — December 22, 2011 – Lead developer Adam Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises announced today that the company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Weston Solutions, Inc. (WESTON®) of Concord, N.H. and West Chester, PA for the development of a 25-35 megawatt woodchip-burning electric generating plant in the North Springfield Industrial Park. The companies filed a petition earlier today for a Certificate of Public Good from the Vermont Public Service Board for the project, which is known as the North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project ("NSSEP"). The project has been in the planning stages for several years, and was first announced to the public in February, 2009.
First announced in 2009, the NSSEP is expected to create more than 600 jobs during its 18 month construction period, 400 of which will be in the two county regions of Windsor and Windham counties. After the plant is commissioned in 2014, it will contribute to some 160 ongoing jobs in Vermont, with a payroll of nearly $9 million annually. State tax revenues are estimated at approximately $4 million during construction and approximately $3 million per year from 2014 on. Approximately $15 million is expected in annual wood purchases from local foresters, roughly two-thirds of which would come from Vermont sources, and the Town of Springfield expects approximately $2 million in net annual increases to its budgeted revenues.
A key element of this project that separates it from virtually all other commercial scale renewable energy projects in Vermont is NSSEP's plan to utilize the plant's thermal waste to provide low cost heat to the North Springfield Industrial Park tenants through a "thermal loop". In keeping with Winstanley Enterprises' long-term strategic commitment to Vermont, NSSEP intends to provide below-market heat to users in the park to retain current tenants and to promote additional development.
"Adam Winstanley and his family have done everything right in working with local officials to bring this project from concept to permitting," said Bob Flint, executive director of the Springfield Regional Development Corporation. "The NSSEP provides both a renewable energy resource and the commercial benefits of a unique thermal energy loop that will attract new industries to the park, making it a hub of economic activity in an area that badly needs a shot of adrenaline."
Winstanley Enterprises is a family-owned company with headquarters in Concord, MA. It has a long and respected track record throughout New England for renovating vacant and underutilized properties. Its developments in Vermont include projects in both Brattleboro and Springfield.
In WESTON Winstanley has a partner who shares its commitment to working closely with local officials on projects that are not only economically viable and ecologically sustainable, but also meet the best interests of the community. For more than 50 years, WESTON has worked nationally and globally on a broad range of sustainable projects, from redeveloping contaminated properties to developing community-scaled renewable/clean energy projects. Among its projects are a coal-to-biomass fuel boiler conversion in Michigan and photovoltaic power systems for the city of Newark, NJ, and on a Superfund site in southeastern Massachusetts.
"WESTON seeks actively to engage community stakeholders throughout the development process to gain their input and advice; and just as importantly, we look to become an active and positive member of the community," said Kathleen McGinty, WESTON senior vice president and managing director for strategic growth. "Adam Winstanley and his team are good partners for us because they live these values as well. We are impressed by their two years of work in and with community residents and leaders, and we are thrilled to join an effort that delivers solid economic and environmental benefits."
"Today's CPG announcement is the culmination of a lot of people's hard work," Winstanley said. "I am convinced that this project, which will bring clean power and green jobs to the Springfield area, will be a real boon to the economy in this region and a real asset to Springfield, Windsor County and the State of Vermont. This project makes sense for all of the right reasons, and we are pleased with the support we have gotten from the Springfield community."
The project will take approximately a year and a half to construct after permits are obtained. It is expected that the plant would be commissioned in the middle or last half of 2014.