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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.

ISO study warns of precarious energy future; Most scenarios envision emergency actions, including rolling blackouts

A new study by the operator of the region’s power grid warns that without additional natural gas pipeline capacity New England will face a precarious energy future, where emergency actions such as rolling blackouts are likely to become a reality on several days a year. The fuel security study by ISO-New England examined 23 different scenarios for electricity generation during the winter of 2024-2025 and found that in all but the most optimistic case some sort of emergency action would . . . Complete story »

January 17, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

D-Day approaches for Northern Pass

CONCORD – Next week Massachusetts’ three major electric distributors and the Department of Environmental Resources will announce which proposals to produce 10 terawatt hours of clean renewable energy over the next 20 years will be selected to negotiate long-term contracts. The 46 proposals present a buffet of options for energy officials and are expected to help meet Massachusetts’s clean energy goals. The Massachusetts legislation emphasizes new renewable energy sources and transmission systems to deliver “clean power” to southern New England. The . . . Complete story »

ISO-NE proposal would drive state-sponsored renewables into wholesale markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England has proposed tariff changes aimed accommodating state-sponsored renewable resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM), while still finding a way to guard its competitive pricing mechanisms. The grid operator’s proposed solution calls for a two-stage Forward Capacity Auction (FCA). The first auction would function largely is it does today, but a second stage would include a voluntary substitution auction. Existing resources that just retained supply obligations in the primary capacity auction and “are willing to . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Wind project is still spinning

The wind-energy project in Antrim continues through litigation after a state committee approved the project in late 2016. The appeal of Mary Allen and an appeal of Fred Ward was filed in the state’s Supreme Court after a decision by the Site Evaluation Committee approved the project in late 2016. There are 11 appellants listed in the case as well as the Stoddard Conservation Commission and the Wind Action Group. The appeal could be the final hurdle for the energy . . . Complete story »

December 22, 2017 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Voters may have chance to weigh in on offshore wind power

She is petitioning the Merrimack Town Council to place a warrant article on the April ballot asking voters to urge the governor to create the proposed task force to study the feasibility of developing offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine. Other towns such as New Castle, Exeter, Lee, Marlborough, Nottingham, Rindge and Rye are also considering similar warrant articles. “We want to get many towns involved to see if they are in favor of this,” explained Raven, a member of 350.org, the New Hampshire Seacoast Alliance and the Citizens Climate Lobby. “The case is not that we want to build it, but that we need a study to determine the feasibility.” Complete story »

New England panelists talk ‘trust’ in power project siting

BOSTON – Developing trust is vital for the project siting process, according to panelists speaking at Raab Associates’ 156th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable last week. “The thing that most undermines a project is when the proponent is seen as not presenting facts, not disclosing things, misrepresenting things,” Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell told meeting participants. “And it happens more often than you might think.” Patrick Woodcock, assistant secretary of energy with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental . . . Complete story »

December 7, 2017 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Select board approves amended Antrim Wind agreement

Antrim select board members voted to adopt changes to amendments made to the 2012 Town Agreement with Antrim Wind Energy during a public hearing on Monday night. The board and residents pored over the amended line-by-line during a public hearing on Nov. 20. During that hearing, four concerns surfaced about the document. Among them included a clarification about response time to complaints lodged against the energy company during construction, operation, and decommissioning of the nine-turbine wind project slated to be . . . Complete story »

November 26, 2017 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

A renewable energy reality check

This past summer, Green Tech Media published an interesting article about solar power. In August of 2017, the worldwide installed electric generation capacity of solar caught up to that of nuclear, with each having achieved 391 gigawatts (GW). On the surface, that seemed to mean that the planet was about to get as much electricity from the sun as from the atom. But there was a caveat. That 391 GW of solar produces 375,000 GW hours of electricity, while the . . . Complete story »

Project to bring Canadian hydropower to New England gets federal approval

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 . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2017 • Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

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 . . . Complete story »

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