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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.


April 30, 2022 • Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind could create more underwater noise

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are partnering with the first utility-scale offshore wind project approved in the U.S., Vineyard Wind, to gather data on underwater sounds and how they could affect marine life. Jennifer Miksis-Olds is the director of UNH’s Center for Acoustic Research and Education. She said balancing the need for clean energy with maintaining a healthy ocean environment is important. But it’s complicated. More development of offshore wind can bring more noise to marine environments, which . . . Complete story »


March 7, 2022 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Wood heat, wind energy up for vote

Few to no residents are clamoring to put a wind turbine on their property in Boscawen, but if they do, the structures will likely be remain exempt following Town Meeting voting Tuesday. Voters will consider articles to make wind-powered or wood-heating energy systems tax exempt. The issues came up because the exemptions need to be renewed every 10 years. Voters will also be asked to allow the Conservation Commission to buy or sell property outside of the town boundaries. Last . . . Complete story »


February 12, 2022 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Two offshore wind bills pass Senate committee

Two bills that anticipate offshore wind in New Hampshire’s future sailed through hearings in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, gaining the full support of the committee on Tuesday. After a state mandate on purchasing wind energy proved too controversial to pass last session, Sen. David Watters, a Dover Democrat, came back with more modest proposals: one setting the stage for New Hampshire to regulate offshore wind projects that impact state businesses and the environment, and another establishing criteria . . . Complete story »


February 8, 2022 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Two offshore wind bills pass Senate committee with bipartisan support

Two bills that anticipate offshore wind in New Hampshire’s future sailed through hearings in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, gaining the full support of the committee on Tuesday. After a state mandate on purchasing wind energy proved too controversial to pass last session, Sen. David Watters, a Dover Democrat, came back with more modest proposals: one setting the stage for New Hampshire to regulate offshore wind projects that impact state businesses and the environment, and another establishing criteria . . . Complete story »


January 9, 2022 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Wind, solar tax breaks proposed to Canaan voters

CANAAN – Canaan is expected to debate whether or not to exempt wind and solar energy systems that offset on-site power usage from property taxes. Residents are circulating a petition to create a property tax exemption that would essentially remove qualifying renewable power systems from the assessed value used to calculate property taxes. The exemption would apply to homes and small businesses, but not commercial projects like a solar array farm. “If you’re taxed, your payback (on your investment) is a . . . Complete story »


December 10, 2021 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New England council calls for offshore wind mitigation fund

The New England Fishery Management Council updated its offshore wind energy policy, endorsing calls for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to establish “a compensatory mitigation fund for damages that occur to the marine environment and fish habitat,” and losses to fishing vessels as turbine arrays are built. The council’s Dec. 7 deliberation came with a new presentation from BOEM on the agency’s push to review and approve up to 16 wind energy projects off the East Coast by late . . . Complete story »


December 5, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

The N.H. Department of Energy wants more data on the impact of offshore wind

Offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine could impact New Hampshire’s economy, environment, and energy system. The state’s new Department of Energy has released a Request for Proposals to find a consultant to help the state assess what those impacts could be. Offshore wind development has produced controversy in other places. But the East Coast will likely see a major development of the renewable energy source in the coming years. Though New Hampshire is likely years away from offshore . . . Complete story »


August 26, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Granite Reliable Power wind farm sale gets final approval

The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Wind commercial farm has been given final approval by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. The committee issued its order on Aug. 17, approving the transfer of the certificate of site and facility for the state’s largest wind farm. The 33-turbine wind farm is currently owned by BAIF U.S. Renewable Power, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Power, with Freshet Wind Energy holding a small share. When the transfer is complete, the entire wind . . . Complete story »


August 25, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State approves sale of New Hampshire’s largest wind farm

After nearly four months of review, the state has formally approved the sale of the Granite Reliable Power wind farm in Coos County, the largest commercial wind farm in New Hampshire. Following the decision by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, the 99-megawatt, 33-turbine GRP that has been in operation since 2012 will be purchased by NextEra Energy Partners from majority owner Brookfield Renewable Energy, which currently owns 89.5 percent of GRP, and Freshet Energy LLC, which owns 10.5 percent. . . . Complete story »


August 21, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State’s largest wind farm sold from one energy conglomerate to another

CONCORD – The once controversial Granite Reliable Wind Farm is changing hands from one energy conglomerate to another. The state Site Evaluation Committee issued its final order this week approving the ownership transfer from Brookfield Renewable Energy to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., which owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Brookfield and Freshet Wind Energy, which owns 10.5 percent of Granite Reliable, are transferring ownership to Tusk Wind Holdings III, as part of a four wind farm sale including Granite . . . Complete story »


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