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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 12, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Land deal could mean a wind farm coming to Claremont

A remote corner of Claremont currently visited mostly by deer and snowmobilers may one day be home to a colony of wind turbines. A Maryland company that builds and manages natural gas and wind turbine power plants has entered into a long-term agreement to lease about 800 acres on Green Mountain, near the border with Newport, with an eye toward building and operating a wind-power farm. The lease agreement signed in December between property owners James D. Smith III and . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Ex-state rep.: Wind turbines would hurt Hampton Beach views, tourism

A former state representative is calling on local officials to denounce a proposal for offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine he believes could hurt tourism in the Seacoast. Fred Rice, a retired representative from Hampton, called for the Hampton Beach Village District commissioners at their last meeting to oppose offshore wind, a proposal being examined by a newly formed three-state federal task force. The turbines are expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs, and . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind task force meets today at UNH

New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts are set to begin planning how they might develop offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine. The first meeting of the tri-state task force takes place all day today at the University of New Hampshire and is open to the public. The group is led by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, where Jim Bennett is head of renewable energy. He tells NHPR that offshore wind could transform the region’s grid. “A wind . . . Complete story »

December 4, 2019 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Sununu moves state closer to advocating for wind projects

CONCORD – Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order Tuesday taking the state closer to advocating for offshore wind energy projects. The document creates four advisory boards to advise the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force as state agencies report on key studies. “New Hampshire recognizes the tremendous potential that offshore wind power has to offer,” Sununu said in a statement. “With today’s executive order, New Hampshire will ensure that this is an open and transparent process . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2019 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

‘A whole new industry’: N.H. to work with neighboring states on offshore wind in Gulf of Maine

New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts will work together on large-scale offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine. Stakeholders from the three states met today in Manchester talk about the possibilities and obstacles for that new industry. The event was hosted by the Environmental Business Council of New England at the state headquarters of Eversource, which is developing several large offshore wind projects elsewhere in the Northeast. Taylor Caswell, commissioner of the state’s Department of Business and Economic Affairs, said . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2019 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind project fined for delay

The Antrim Wind project is slated for completion by the end of November, despite setbacks caused by a supplier’s bankruptcy and a recent malfunction of the temporary safety lights atop the turbines. Selectman John Robertson said on Tuesday that representatives for the project confirmed that the temporary lights weren’t working after a resident reported an outage at the Sept 9 Select Board meeting. The Federal Aviation Administration requires lights on any structure taller than 200 feet to have lights, in . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2019 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind project underway, with turbines visible from Gregg Lake

This summer, Antrim Town Beach visitors had a prime view of the first three Antrim Wind turbines going up. The project, which has a total of nine turbines across Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain, is on track to be completed and online by the end of August, Select Board Chairman John Robertson said. “Everything seems to be right on schedule,” Robertson said. The Select Board expects to schedule a meeting to get a more specific review of the construction schedule . . . Complete story »

ISO-NE will require wind, intermittent hydro to bid into day-ahead energy markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England now requires wind- and intermittent hydro resources with a capacity supply obligation to offer into the grid operator’s day-ahead energy market, the grid operator announced Tuesday. The grid operator called it “another milestone” in its efforts to incorporate renewables into the regional marketplace. The requirement, effective June 1, comes three years after the ISO launched the Do Not Exceed (DNE) dispatch project, enabling those resources to take electronic dispatch instructions from the grid operator. Requiring DNE resources to participate . . . Complete story »

June 3, 2019 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Intentionally causing traffic during rush hour is unacceptable

Last month, a ship arrived in Portsmouth that contained giant components for a new wind farm being built in Antrim. The pieces of the wind farm were removed from the ship and trucked one by one from Portsmouth to Antrim. These components aren’t an ordinary load you’d see being hauled by a truck. They were gigantic tubes, and I couldn’t even begin to guess their actual size. They were so large, they required a special set of wheels to be . . . Complete story »

May 22, 2019 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Renewables aren’t reliable enough to generate that much power

Global warming and 100 percent renewable energy have been inextricably linked by the media, with the latter proposed as a solution for the former. Here’s why 100 percent green cannot be a solution for Keene. First, even if nuclear energy is considered green, and a second reactor is installed at Seabrook, Keene could only achieve about 50 percent renewable energy. Without “green” nuclear, Keene would be hard pressed to achieve 10 to 20 percent green energy, and that only with . . . Complete story »

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