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Dartmouth to invest $200M to convert to biomass, heating

January 18, 2019

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College says it’s planning to invest $200 million in a wood-burning power plant and hot water heating, and convert steam pipes in more than 110 buildings on campus.

The Valley News reports the college announced plans Thursday for the biomass plant. It currently gets its steam heat and some electricity from an oil-powered plant, which was built more than 120 years ago and was converted to oil from coal in 1958.

The town of Hanover would have to approve the plan. The changes are expected to be completed in 2025. Dartmouth Executive Vice President Rick Mills said they would improve Dartmouth’s heating efficiency by 20 percent almost immediately.

The college said the new power plant would be built and operated by a private company in partnership with Dartmouth.

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Information from: Lebanon Valley News, http://www.vnews.com

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