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.
Antrim residents struck down an article that would have authorized the select board to acquire a 100 acre conservation easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy agreement. The conservation easement was added to the wind project, which is slated to be erected on Willard Mountain and Tuttle Hill, after the state’s Site Evaluation Committee rejected its proposal in late 2012. After the decision was handed down, the company removed a turbine, lowered one of its towers, and added additional . . .
The Portuguese windpower developer planning a project on the ridgelines of the Newfound Lake area has withdrawn a plan to build a test tower in town. Whether that means that EDP Renewables – formally known as Energias de Portugal – has abandoned long-term plans for its proposed Spruce Wind project was not known Wednesday as company officials could not be reached for comment. But a statewide group opposed to “industrial wind” projects that played a role in the decision by a Spanish . . .
Antrim select board members agreed to ask Antrim Wind Energy for a one-time payment of $100,000 to recover any legal and administrative costs it has spent since the inception of a nine turbine wind project slated to be built on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain during a meeting on Monday night. The conversation about recapturing its costs surfaced during a select board meeting late last month after Antrim Wind – whose parent company is Walden Green Energy LLC – proposed . . .
The town of Antrim has spent more than $100,000 in administrative and legal fees for the nine-turbine wind project slated to be built on Tuttle Hill and span to the north flank of Willard Mountain. “There’s been a lot of discussion about legal fees to support the project, especially in the last crediting phase, which I think was more than any of us saw coming in 2011 when the original agreement was signed between Antrim Wind,” the town’s legal counsel . . .
New Hampshire already lags behind most of its neighbors in expanding its use of renewable energy but that hasn’t stopped several groups from using this legislative session to attack those nascent efforts. Led by the Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded by billionaire Koch brothers, these groups support a bill that would pull New Hampshire out of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The program has reduced carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation in those eight states by 40 . . .
Twelve wind turbines have been producing energy in Lempster since 2008 and a nine-turbine project is gearing up to break ground in Antrim, and although these are both relatively recent developments, the Monadnock region is no stranger to harnessing wind power. In fact the so-called world’s first wind farm, but what may be more accurately referred to as the state’s first wind farm, was located along the shoulder of Crotched Mountain. The 20-turbine project was constructed in 1980 on land . . .
The Antrim Conservation Commission said it does not want to be included in a copy of a proposed warrant article regarding the acquisition of the Charles S. Bean property easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy project agreement. “The Antrim Conservation Commission does not want to be mentioned in the warrant article because we have always been against the town taking, or being a part, of this easement,” ACC Chair Peter Beblowski said while reading a letter to select . . .
Antrim select board members approved an independent consulting group to assist it with a review of Antrim Wind Energy’s decommissioning plan and cost estimates for the project during a regular meeting Tuesday night. GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc has been selected to review the documents, a service that will cost about $5,000. Select board members asked Jack Kenworthy, of Walden Green Energy, who attended the meeting, to cover the full cost of the review. “Ultimately we believe the plan is a robust . . .
For the second time, the Stoddard conservation commission has opposed the Antrim Wind Energy industrial wind facility on Tuttle Hill. In 2012, the Site Evaluation Committee denied it on the grounds that it would overwhelm the scenic beauty of the region. At its Dec.19 meeting, it ignored its previous ruling and voted, 5-1, in favor. On the surface, this may appear as a “green project” that is good for New Hampshire. It is not. Here is why: For the past . . .
After a seven-year fight for approval, state regulators approved a nine turbine wind project in Antrim. Those in favor of the project view the ruling handed down by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee, or SEC, as a victory after years worth of discussion. A similar 10-turbine project was struck down by the same committee, which is now made up of an entirely new set of members, years ago due to the project’s visual impacts. Antrim Wind Energy, whose parent company . . .