Wind Power News: New Hampshire
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CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . .
Region’s renewable needs spark a NH solar surge; Proposed new projects would swell state’s total capacity
When Edwin O. “Smokey” Smith sold an option for 47 acres of his grandfather’s farm in Hinsdale to become a small part of what could be the biggest solar farm this state has ever seen, he was doing it more to save for retirement than to save the world from climate change. “It’s a little extra money,” said Smith, a Republican who served seven terms in the NH House. “If someone was going to put a house up there, I’d . . .
Clean tech energy advocates – worried about the effect a cantankerous legislative process was having on the burgeoning technology in New Hampshire – may have been somewhat relieved by NH Sen. Jeb Bradley’s words at this year’s NH Energy Summit in Concord. “I am ready for a bit of a break on energy this year,” he said at the Tuesday gathering. Bradley was responding to an oft-stated complaint of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council that nearly every session lawmakers . . .
CONCORD, N.H. – State regulators announced they will delay their final decision on the Northern Pass by another six months to March 30. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee on Thursday voted to extend their deadline for a written decision, which had been due at the end of September. The controversial high-voltage transmission line would cut through the heart of the Granite State to bring Canadian hydropower to southern New England. Eversource held its final public hearing for the Northern Pass . . .
A wind energy company signed a $125,000 check and handed it over to an Antrim town official Monday night during a public hearing. The money was handed over after the select board approved an extension to its PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) with Antrim Wind Energy. The change extends the timeframe that the company has to go online, pushing the date from Dec. 31, 2018 to that same day in 2019. The money will be added to the town’s . . .
Canaan – Town planning officials say they’ve drafted an ordinance that could ease concerns about potential wind farm development in town. The proposed ordinance would create several regulations governing future wind farms, including new setbacks from neighboring properties, noise controls and protections for scenic views. A draft copy of the rules was released last week, but the ordinance will require a Town Meeting vote in March to take effect. “What we’re trying to do is protect town land from windmills that . . .
A play by Massachusetts to inject more renewable power into its electricity mix could reshape the entire region’s energy landscape. Dozens of developers are competing to offer Massachusetts the best price for long-term contracts to supply clean energy to hundreds of thousands of homes. But many of the projects also face another challenge: convincing residents of Northern New England it’s in their interest to host the Bay State’s extension cord. For all the attention renewable power gets, it still provides . . .
The state’s highest court will hear arguments involving a proposed wind farm in the town of Antrim. It’s the latest development in a years-long battle for the Antrim Wind project, which has been under development since 2009. If completed, the project’s wind turbines are expected to provide enough power for about 12 thousand homes. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee gave the project a green light about eight months ago, and construction was expected to start in the fall. But . . .
The state’s highest court will hear arguments involving a proposed wind farm in the town of Antrim. It’s the latest development in a years-long battle for the Antrim Wind project, which has been under development since 2009. If completed, the project’s nine wind turbines are expected to provide enough power for about 12 thousand homes. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee gave the project a green light about eight months ago, and construction was expected to start in the fall. . . .
Antrim select board members renegotiated an agreement made between the town and a wind energy company during a public hearing on Monday evening. The Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILOT, agreement between Antrim Wind Energy LLC – a Delaware limited liability company – and the town went into effect in June of 2013. The energy company requested to amend the years-old agreement in a bid to extend the commercial operation date from the end of 2018 to the end of . . .