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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.

May 23, 2018 • Letters, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Unreliable wind is a poor energy source, by Fred Ward

There have been stories and letters in The Sentinel extolling the merits of wind power and its contributions to our energy mix. It’s unfortunate that wind energy has ever risen in energy discussions, because it suffers a serious, fundamental and likely insoluble problem. This problem is sufficiently serious as to question whether wind energy should ever be considered to contribute meaningful electrical energy to New Hampshire. Legislatively forcing wind to contribute more than 1, 2 or 3 percent of our . . . Complete story »

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels

As Maine and New England shivered through last winter’s historic cold spell, the region’s electric system faced an unprecedented prospect: rolling blackouts. Several troubling circumstances were converging. Natural gas was scarce and pricey. A power line failure sidelined one of New England’s largest power plants. Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms. The combination forced grid operators to ramp up 1960s-era technology to keep the lights on. For the first time, they strategically juggled . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State court OKs Antrim Wind project, opponents continue to push back

The state’s Supreme Court allowed a nine-turbine wind project in Antrim to move forward late last week. In an opinion that was published Friday, the state’s highest court upheld a 2016 decision made by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee’s decision to allow the project to move forward under certain conditions. Although the court’s decision is considered a victory for Antrim Wind, petitioners of the project are already fighting back. Fred Ward, who lives in Stoddard and is one of the . . . Complete story »

May 15, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State’s highest court backs Antrim wind project

The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a much-debated wind farm in the town of Antrim. Plans for the project began nearly ten years ago, but have been tangled in regulatory and legal battles. Nearby residents argue the proposed turbines threaten the natural landscape and wildlife, as well as human health. Fred Ward, a local meteorologist and one of the project’s opponents, said he’s frustrated by the court’s decision and is planning to motion for a rehearing of . . . Complete story »

May 13, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State’s high court shoots down appeal against Antrim Wind; project can go forward

CONCORD – New Hampshire’s highest court has allowed a planned wind-power project in Antrim to move forward, seven years after a version of the proposal first came before state regulators. In a ruling Friday, the N.H. Supreme Court upheld the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee’s December 2016 decision to approve the project, which would consist of nine wind turbines and supporting infrastructure on a ridgeline. The developer, Antrim Wind Energy LLC, has touted the 28.8-megawatt project as a way to generate enough . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Appeal of Mary Allen & a., 2017-0313 (N.H. 2018)

Supreme Court of New Hampshire. APPEAL OF MARY ALLEN & a. (New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee) No. 2017-0313 Decided: May 11, 2018 Donahue, Tucker, & Ciandella, PLLC, of Exeter (Eric A. Maher on the brief and orally), for petitioners Mary Allen & a. The Law Offices of Kelly E. Dowd, PLLC, of Keene (Kelly E. Dowd on the brief and orally), for petitioner Frederick Ward. McLane Middleton, Professional Association, of Manchester (Wilbur A. Glahn, III, Barry Needleman, and Rebecca S. . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Opponents seek suspension of Antrim Wind Energy’s construction certificate

Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project. In a request for declaratory judgment, 104 petitioners want regulators to address financing issues and if the sale of the project to a Canadian firm would impact the validity of the certificate and its conditions. Intervenors and the Counsel for the Public objected to the protocol used several months ago to determine project developers satisfied financing conditions that . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind project may have a new owner

CONCORD – The Antrim Wind Energy project may have a new owner while intervenors wait for a state Supreme Court decision they hope overturns the project’s approval. According to a press release by Canadian energy giant TransAlta, the company has agreed to purchase the Antrim project along with another wind farm ready for construction in Pennsylvania. Without naming Antrim Wind, the TransAlta press release cites a 29-megawatt, construction-ready project in New Hampshire with two, 20-year purchased power contracts. The description could . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

NH energy strategy shifts from subsidizing renewables to lowering rates

CONCORD – The first update to the state’s 10-year energy strategy since 2014 takes a new tack, with a focus on lowering electricity rates and less emphasis on subsidizing renewable energy or mass transit. The 62-page document to be released today by the Office of Strategic Initiatives raises questions about the state’s renewable portfolio standards, which require utilities to purchase a certain amount of energy from renewable sources at above-market prices. It also challenges lawmakers to consider carefully the costs versus . . . Complete story »

New England faces ‘horror story’ of expensive power

New England is struggling to keep the lights on as it pursues aggressive clean energy goals, a dilemma that is so troublesome that the region’s power grid operator warns of blackouts if something doesn’t change. “I am getting nervous in New England,” said Robert Powelson, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees wholesale power markets, during a recent event hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy. “It is almost like a horror story.” The story . . . Complete story »

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