I write to express my opposition to Northern Pass and comment on wind power in New Hampshire. I plan to speak this week in Concord at the hearing open to all to register their feeling. It’s a project that is not needed for electric grid reliability but does cut a swath through New Hampshire’s most scenic landscapes, that will degrade natural, cultural, and recreation resources of, regional, state and national significance. I am opposed to it and were I a state representative, would vote against it.
On the use of wind power in New Hampshire, I am also opposed. Because the long-term costs of dismantling rapidly obsolete technology make it a bad fit for our environment. Renewable energy like this belongs where it might be pragmatic, and where the tax benefits of investing in it would make sense, not in pristine environments like Newfound Lake.
Don’t forget about this not-so-minor detail: The construction of wind energy in remote areas requires significant investment in transmission lines to bring the power to populated areas. The capacity factors for industrial wind (~25 percent) is not adequate to make them useful sources, and without federal and state subsidies, industrial wind would simply not be sited in New Hampshire. Know that industrial wind development in New Hampshire is targeted to meet renewable energy goals of southern New England.
Vincent Paul Migliore