Wind Power News: New Hampshire
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.
Proponents of a nine-turbine wind project in Antrim are cheering after a state committee denied three separate motions requesting it to reconsider its 2016 project approval. The state’s attorney general, residents who oppose the project, and meteorological intervenors all filed appeals against the approval of Antrim Wind Energy, which was made in December. Each of the appeals pointed to dozens of reasons why the project should not move forward, the most notable being that the committee broke its own rules . . .
CONCORD – The debate over a controversial wind turbine project proposed for Antrim could be headed to the N.H. Supreme Court. But in the meantime, the developer of the project and its proponents are celebrating a victory after a state committee decided it won’t reconsider its earlier approval of the plan. The subcommittee of the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted Friday to deny three separate motions requesting it rehear and reconsider its December 2016 decision on the Antrim Wind project, . . .
CONCORD – A state committee won’t reconsider its approval of a controversial wind turbine project proposed for Antrim. The subcommittee of the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee unanimously voted Friday to deny three separate motions requesting the full committee rehear and reconsider its December 2016 decision about the Antrim Wind project, according to the project’s developer. As a result of its vote Friday, the subcommittee also immediately lifted the suspension it placed on the project when the motions were filed, said Jack . . .
ANTRIM – A controversial wind turbine project is again on hold after opponents filed motions asking a state committee to rehear and reconsider its approval of the facility last year. The main argument in the three motions, each filed during the past month and a half, is that the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee broke its own rules to approve the nine-turbine installation. The groups behind the motions include property owners with land abutting and not abutting the project, the Stoddard Conservation . . .
The state’s attorney general and residents who live near the proposed Antrim Wind Energy project site are challenging the recent approval of a nine-turbine wind facility slated to be constructed along Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain. The 28.8-megawatt project to be built by Antrim Wind Energy LLC, whose parent company is Walden Green Energy, was approved by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee in December in a 5-1 vote. It’s a decision that came down a few years after the committee – . . .
ALEXANDRIA – Interconnection Queue, a representative of Energias de Portugal (EDP), said the proposed Spruce Ridge Wind Farm – which calls for as many as 29 turbines in the Newfound Lake/Cardigan Mountain region – is not dead and will likely return. Through its subsidiary, EDP Renewables of Houston, Texas, the company wants to build wind turbines in the northern and western portions of the Newfound Lake watershed in Alexandria, Canaan, Dorchester, Groton and Orange. In March, the company withdrew a bond for the . . .
Voter opposition to the project was between 65 and 95 percent in all five towns where the turbines would have been built, Lerner said. At 2015 Town Meetings, Orange voters expressed their overwhelming opposition to Spruce Ridge in a 117-7 vote. Dorchester voters expressed their opposition in a 36-3 vote. Canaan also voted in general opposition to the development of industrial wind turbine projects — though not to Spruce Ridge specifically — in a 413-225 vote last year.
The fictional character Don Quixote maintained a staunchly hopeful attitude in his gallant adventures. His comportment reminds me of those who think New Hampshire and New England can solve our electrical energy cost crisis by simply investing more in energy efficiency and renewable energy like wind and solar. Like Don Quixote, they are tilting at windmills. New Hampshire’s electrical energy prices are consistently 50 to 60 percent higher than the rest of the contiguous United States. Year-round, not just during . . .
New England states have considered imposing economywide carbon fees before, but this year’s efforts have taken on a sense of urgency with an administration in Washington that is rolling back policies to control power-sector greenhouse gas emissions. The states already attack greenhouse gases as members of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for buying and selling pollution credits aimed at ratcheting down emissions across New England and in New York, Delaware and Maryland. Renewed legislative efforts recognize . . .
Haverhill – A Massachusetts power company is proposing to build a new 112-mile-long power line that would cut through an 8.9-mile corridor of eastern Haverhill on its way from the Canadian border to southern New Hampshire to deliver electricity to the Massachusetts market. National Grid on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that it said would largely take advantage of a pre-existing transmission and right of way corridor to string the lines that would transmit Canadian hydro- and wind-generated electricity to the Bay . . .