BERLIN — An electric power plant that North Country residents see as a key part of their economy may get a reprieve if Senate Bill 271 makes it into law.

The bill would grant a one-year extension to Burgess Biopower’s operations cap to allow it to continue selling energy created through the burning of low-grade wood at above-market rates. The extension is intended to give the plant time to develop a sustainable business plan before the rate agreement expires, but detractors say it is unfairly costing ratepayers money.

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