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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.


July 28, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Questions raised about offshore wind at meeting

PORTSMOUTH – Mark Sanborn, in his new role with the state Department of Energy, asked those attending a hearing at the Pease International Tradeport for their concerns about a proposed offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine. “This isn’t a place to talk about how great offshore wind is,” Sanborn told the attendees during the July 26 meeting of the Commission To Study Offshore Wind. “We want to draw out the things that folks are most concerned about because actually . . . Complete story »


July 28, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

New Hampshire to study pros and cons of offshore wind energy development

PORTSMOUTH – Born out of the state’s biennial budget that went into effect on July 1, New Hampshire’s newly-christened Department of Energy will oversee the state’s development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine. The Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development met Monday at the state’s Department of Environmental Services’ regional office at Pease International Tradeport, just its second in-person meeting of 2021. Chaired by state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, the commission received public input on its . . . Complete story »


July 27, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Granite Reliable Power wind farm to be sold

COOS COUNTY – The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power Wind Farm to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., is expected to take place by the end of the month. When the transaction is finalized, ownership control will pass from the subsidiary of one energy giant, Brookfield Renewable Energy, to a subsidiary of the company that owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The N.H. Site Evaluation Subcommittee issued a draft order Monday morning approving the transaction with one condition. The . . . Complete story »


June 11, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Senior Assistant AG voices concern amid investigation of Antrim Wind complaints

ANTRIM – The N.H. Attorney General’s Office recently weighed in on a state regulatory body’s investigation into complaints about Antrim Wind, expressing concern that the company that owns the turbines is not fully complying with orders regulating lights associated with them. Senior Assistant Attorney General K. Allen Brooks wrote to the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee in his capacity as counsel for the public. Since Antrim Wind began operating in 2019, residents living near the facility have complained about noise and the . . . Complete story »


June 5, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

TransAlta upgrades Antrim Wind aircraft lights, responds to AG

TransAlta, the company operating Antrim’s wind turbine project, affirmed their obligation to properly operating and maintaining the radar-activated aircraft warning lights on the turbines. Their announcement came as a response to concerns voiced by the state Attorney General’s office in late May. TransAlta has “always accepted” the obligation to properly operate and maintain its turbine lighting system, a spokeswoman for the company said on Wednesday. “Documents and correspondence with the NH Site Evaluation Committee, all published on the SEC website, . . . Complete story »


June 1, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

AG’s office weighs in on state investigation of Antrim wind turbine complaints

When the Antrim Wind project was in its permitting process, it committed to using radar-activated lighting to minimize the turbine’s nighttime visual impact. However, after residents lodged complaints that the lights aren’t shutting off when they’re supposed to, Antrim Wind Energy LLC claimed that ensuring a functioning lighting system isn’t part of their contract. The state Attorney General’s office highlighted the power company’s stance and its implications in a letter to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) last week. . . . Complete story »


April 14, 2021 • Editorials, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Take a letter: But will SEC read it?

What does it say about New Hampshire government priorities that it adds a new and unnecessary office (see related editorial today) but can’t provide its Site Evaluation Committee with someone to open the mail and inform the public about public hearings? The site committee is of no small importance, as residents in and around Antrim have discovered in trying to deal with a large-scale windmill project. The SEC approved the project, with stipulations. But it then waived those stipulations at . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State farms complaints about Antrim Wind to subcommittee

ANTRIM – After fielding numerous concerns from neighbors of the Antrim Wind facility, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee has voted to establish a subcommittee to vet complaints about the turbines. During a March 25 meeting, members of the SEC, which oversees energy projects throughout the state, voted unanimously to create the three-member subcommittee to review complaints related to the nine-turbine facility, and determine if they require an investigation. Further, the SEC chair has been directed to hire consultants to assist the . . . Complete story »


April 8, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind complainants may start to get answers this month

The Antrim Select Board agreed to address the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on behalf of residents’ concerns about noise and light issues associated with the Antrim Wind project at their Monday night meeting. Concerned citizens might get some answers by the end of the month, according to an update the SEC sent recently. On Friday, the SEC issued an update naming the three members of the investigative subcommittee tasked with recommending a methodology for measuring and analyzing sound and . . . Complete story »


April 7, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim selectmen want SEC to deal with windmills

Antrim’s Board of Selectmen wants the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to help more with the complaints about the windmill project in town. John Robertson, chairman of the select board, said the board has been hearing from residents who have problems with the noise generated by the $60 million Antrim Wind project. Residents have been complaining about the wall-shaking noise the windmills make, and the near-constant flashing lights. “The select board will write a letter to the SEC, voicing concerns from . . . Complete story »


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