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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.

January 2, 2019 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Stories of 2018: Antrim Wind project begins

After nearly a decade, a 9-turbine wind farm passed through its final appeals, and began construction in Antrim. The project consists of nine wind turbines on Tuttle Hill and the Willard Mountain ridgeline in Antrim. The wind farm was first conceived almost a decade ago by Antrim Wind, a subsidiary of Walden Green Energy, and has been a contentious project in town for most of that time, with residents vocal in both support and dissent. The SEC approved the project . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

CMP warned of ‘working off the same playbook’ that stymied New Hampshire energy project

With great promise, developers announce plans to string high-voltage power lines from Quebec to Massachusetts and bring a new source of lower-cost, clean electricity to New England. They offer millions of dollars to communities and stakeholders along the route to help gain support. But well-organized opposition surfaces and progress stalls. And when a growing revolt against overhead power lines threatens the project, developers belatedly agree to put a portion underground, despite the expense. This chain of events might sound familiar . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Denton pitches wind turbine on City Hall

PORTSMOUTH – City Councilor Josh Denton wants to start a conversation about either putting a solar array at the Jones Avenue landfill or installing wind turbines on top of City Hall. Denton plans to try to get a “general sense” from his fellow city councilors Monday night on whether they’re interested in pursuing either option. If the council endorses his idea, Denton plans to suggest that they pursue grants through the state’s Public Utilities Commission, he said Friday. Those grants would . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists look to cut fossil fuel usage

CONCORD – Environmentalists assembled at the Legislative Office Building Thursday said New Hampshire coughs up $3 billion per year to import energy generated by coal, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels. Organizers believe they can cut fossil fuel usage in the Granite State to zero by 2040 … if they can get enough wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric generators online by then. “With regard to solar in New Hampshire, I’m sorry to say, our state is far behind where . . . Complete story »

New England senators urge FERC to end press ban

Six New England senators urged FERC Tuesday to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings. U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a letter urging FERC to reject NEPOOL’s proposal to codify its longstanding closed door policy (ER18-2208). “Residents of New England pay some of the highest electricity rates across the country,” the senators said. . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim man to record sound data on Antrim Wind project

An Antrim resident is installing a device on his property that will allow him to continuously monitor low-frequency sound waves generated at Antrim Wind Energy’s wind turbine installation when it goes live. Richard Block of Loveren Mill Road said Monday that the small device – called a Raspberry Shake and Boom – is a seismic and infrasound monitoring station. The device’s sensor will allow for monitoring of local earthquake, blasting, and extreme storm activity, as well as monitoring noises generated . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

City Council to consider expanding solar energy exemption

PORTSMOUTH – The City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution at its Tuesday, Sept. 4 meeting to expand the city’s current solar energy system exemption. There will also be a public hearing on the proposed expansion of the tax exemption, according to City Councilor Josh Denton. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. In addition to expanding the existing solar energy system tax exemption, there will be public hearings on Sept. . . . Complete story »

August 28, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Paperwork filed to transfer ownership of Antrim Wind Project

The Antrim Wind Project may be changing ownership, according to court documents. Walden Green Energy Northeast Wind LLC and Walden Antrim LLC – both owned by Walden Green Energy, LLC – recently filed a joint petition with the NH Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), requesting the appointment of a three-member subcommittee to review and approve the transfer membership interests in Antrim Wind Energy, LLC – the applicant for the planned 28.8-megawatt wind facility – to Antrim Level LLC, a subsidiary of . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2018 • Letters, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Net metering is a lose-lose situation for taxpayers

In response to the August 22 Letter from Tony Guinta and the August 23 article by Thomas Caldwell on Net Metering: Governor’s veto, as a 5 MW power plant (Solar, Hydro or BioMass) is not a residential installation, but a commercial energy producer, and as such should be paid the same rates as any other commercial energy producers. The 1 MW limit was established to allow home owners and small business owners to offset the high cost of Electricity in . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind blasting resumes after one day cease and desist

Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale issued a cease and desist order for blasting at the Antrim Wind Project site on Monday because a notification of blasting was not submitted 24 hours prior. Blasting continued on Tuesday, according to Gale, as the proper notifications had been submitted. A notification from the town said the first blast occurred around 10:30 a.m. “I had a conversation with the foreman, we had a very productive meeting,” Gale said. “Going forward, I don’t see this . . . Complete story »

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