Wind Power News: New Hampshire
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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 . . .
Northern Pass Transmission’s competition to import hydropower from Canada to the New England grid came out in full force Thursday in a flurry of news releases as several more utilities announced they will compete in the Massachusetts Clean Energy Request for Proposals. Thursday was the deadline to compete. The solicitation seeks proposals for clean energy generation and transmission to deliver to Massachusetts ratepayers as required by a law passed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. TDI-New England and Maine Central Power . . .
Citing budget constraints and an influx of waitlisted applications, New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently announced the temporary closure of the state’s Residential Solar and Wind Rebate Program and Commercial and Industrial Solar Rebate Program. According to the regulator, funding for these rebate programs comes from the Renewable Energy Fund (REF), which is sponsored by alternative compliance payments (ACPs) received from electric providers. In an effort to meet New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), which includes a mandate of . . .
Granite State Power Link is a plan to carry 1,200 megawatts of wind and probably hydroelectric power from Quebec into Massachusetts. Despite the New Hampshire-centric name, a third of the line would run through Vermont. It is similar to Northern Pass, which seeks to carry 1,000 megawatts of Quebec hydropower through New Hampshire into New England’s grid, but the two plans have significant differences.
The fact that renewable energy producers pay people to buy their energy, albeit rarely, raises questions about the subsidies and tax credits they enjoy. "It looks like we are at the point now where the subsidization process has lifted the tide for these folks to the point that they don't need to be a foster child of the government anymore," said Fromuth. "Seems like we have found a way to keep the solar business abundantly cared for, so there is no existential threat to its continued growth, and that's a good thing."