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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

April 7, 2019 • Letters, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Questions about city’s renewable energy plan, by Fred Ward

To Dr. Ann Shedd, chair of the Keene Energy and Climate Committee, and the Keene City Council: Thank you for the time to present my thoughts as a professional meteorologist on your project to develop a strategic plan for Keene to go to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. It hardly seems necessary to point out that all renewable energy is renewed by the weather; the sun, the wind and the rain. I have two questions, which you will have . . . Complete story »

Grid exec sees risks in gas, renewables reliance

New England’s growing reliance on natural gas and renewable power comes with a risk that demand for energy in the region could outpace available supplies. So says Gordon van Welie, CEO of ISO-New England, the organization that operates the regional electricity grid, in a “State of the Grid” conference call. While van Welie insisted that the energy infrastructure is a “strong foundation,” he did say it is vulnerable, since natural gas – the cornerstone of the region’s energy supply – is susceptible . . . Complete story »

Offshore wind project hits rough water in New England

America’s first major offshore wind project is caught in a crosswind. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission declined this week to rule on a waiver that would have eased the wind developer’s entry into New England’s electricity market. The decision, or lack thereof, prompted an unusual round of public sniping among FERC commissioners on Twitter and highlights the simmering tensions in New England, where state climate ambitions are straining against the structure of the region’s wholesale electricity markets. Some environmentalists and . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2019 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Stories of 2018: Antrim Wind project begins

After nearly a decade, a 9-turbine wind farm passed through its final appeals, and began construction in Antrim. The project consists of nine wind turbines on Tuttle Hill and the Willard Mountain ridgeline in Antrim. The wind farm was first conceived almost a decade ago by Antrim Wind, a subsidiary of Walden Green Energy, and has been a contentious project in town for most of that time, with residents vocal in both support and dissent. The SEC approved the project . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

CMP warned of ‘working off the same playbook’ that stymied New Hampshire energy project

With great promise, developers announce plans to string high-voltage power lines from Quebec to Massachusetts and bring a new source of lower-cost, clean electricity to New England. They offer millions of dollars to communities and stakeholders along the route to help gain support. But well-organized opposition surfaces and progress stalls. And when a growing revolt against overhead power lines threatens the project, developers belatedly agree to put a portion underground, despite the expense. This chain of events might sound familiar . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Denton pitches wind turbine on City Hall

PORTSMOUTH – City Councilor Josh Denton wants to start a conversation about either putting a solar array at the Jones Avenue landfill or installing wind turbines on top of City Hall. Denton plans to try to get a “general sense” from his fellow city councilors Monday night on whether they’re interested in pursuing either option. If the council endorses his idea, Denton plans to suggest that they pursue grants through the state’s Public Utilities Commission, he said Friday. Those grants would . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage

CONCORD – Environmentalists assembled at the Legislative Office Building Thursday said New Hampshire coughs up $3 billion per year to import energy generated by coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels. Organizers believe they can cut fossil fuel usage in the Granite State to zero by 2040 … if they can get enough wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric generators online by then. “With regard to solar in New Hampshire, I’m sorry to say, our state is far behind where . . . Complete story »

New England senators urge FERC to end press ban

Six New England senators urged FERC Tuesday to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings. U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a letter urging FERC to reject NEPOOL’s proposal to codify its longstanding closed door policy (ER18-2208). “Residents of New England pay some of the highest electricity rates across the country,” the senators said. . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim man to record sound data on Antrim Wind project

An Antrim resident is installing a device on his property that will allow him to continuously monitor low-frequency sound waves generated at Antrim Wind Energy’s wind turbine installation when it goes live. Richard Block of Loveren Mill Road said Monday that the small device – called a Raspberry Shake and Boom – is a seismic and infrasound monitoring station. The device’s sensor will allow for monitoring of local earthquake, blasting, and extreme storm activity, as well as monitoring noises generated . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

City Council to consider expanding solar energy exemption

PORTSMOUTH – The City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution at its Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting to expand the city’s current solar energy system exemption. There will also be a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the tax exemption, according to City Councilor Josh Denton. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. In addition to expanding the existing solar energy system tax exemption, there will be public hearings on Sept. . . . Complete story »

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