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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.

April 19, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Opponents seek suspension of Antrim Wind Energy’s construction certificate

Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project. In a request for declaratory judgment, 104 petitioners want regulators to address financing issues and if the sale of the project to a Canadian firm would impact the validity of the certificate and its conditions. Intervenors and the Counsel for the Public objected to the protocol used several months ago to determine project developers satisfied financing conditions that . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind project may have a new owner

CONCORD – The Antrim Wind Energy project may have a new owner while intervenors wait for a state Supreme Court decision they hope overturns the project’s approval. According to a press release by Canadian energy giant TransAlta, the company has agreed to purchase the Antrim project along with another wind farm ready for construction in Pennsylvania. Without naming Antrim Wind, the TransAlta press release cites a 29-megawatt, construction-ready project in New Hampshire with two, 20-year purchased power contracts. The description could . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2018 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

NH energy strategy shifts from subsidizing renewables to lowering rates

CONCORD – The first update to the state’s 10-year energy strategy since 2014 takes a new tack, with a focus on lowering electricity rates and less emphasis on subsidizing renewable energy or mass transit. The 62-page document to be released today by the Office of Strategic Initiatives raises questions about the state’s renewable portfolio standards, which require utilities to purchase a certain amount of energy from renewable sources at above-market prices. It also challenges lawmakers to consider carefully the costs versus . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Mass., utilities cut ties with Northern Pass power line project

Eversource Energy’s Northern Pass project suffered a significant and potentially fatal blow Wednesday when Massachusetts pulled the plug on a contract to use the proposed $1.6 billion transmission line to import Canadian hydropower through New Hampshire. Governor Charlie Baker’s administration, working with a selection committee representing three big electric utilities, will instead try to seal a deal with a competing transmission project that would bring the hydropower through western Maine. Eversource said it is not giving up on Northern Pass . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

In reversal, Massachusetts puts CMP in lead position for $950 million power line project

Massachusetts energy officials ended talks Wednesday with the developer of a proposed transmission line from Quebec through New Hampshire and said they would seek power agreements using an alternate line through Maine. Massachusetts Clean Energy issued a statement saying that the state’s electric utilities had terminated the conditional selection of the Northern Pass project and now are working to conclude negotiations with Central Maine Power Co. for its $950 million New England Clean Energy Connect line. The action comes after . . . Complete story »

Region’s power grid manager gets OK for renewable-fossil fuel exchange auction

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »

March 14, 2018 • Maine, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Prospects improve for CMP’s $950 million power line plan

The proposal to build a $950 million power line through western Maine received a major boost on Monday, when a decision by a regulatory board in New Hampshire mortally wounded the project’s competitor. Action by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to delay its final decision on the Northern Pass transmission line likely will make an alternative proposal from Central Maine Power the default winner in a bid to supply vast amounts of hydroelectricity from Quebec to Massachusetts, according to . . . Complete story »

March 10, 2018 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Bill would undermine public’s ability to participate in energy siting

Unquestionably, the siting of large energy projects can be controversial. Proposals to construct commercial scale wind farms, transmission lines and gas and oil pipelines may at times result in disputes between groups who view such projects as either essential pieces of a strong economy or harmful blights on the environment and communities which play host to them. Resolving these clashes of opinion requires a venue where all parties are provided the chance to present their views. It is here where . . . Complete story »

March 7, 2018 • Blogs, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Nextera’s astroturf groups

Tax-exempt nonprofits that can engage in unlimited lobbying and do not have to disclose the source of their funding have become a favored vehicle for corporate lobbyists who wish to remain anonymous. They inhabit a “shadowy world,” writes Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish, involving “groups that have vague but high-sounding names” where corporate operatives seek to shape public opinion “without leaving fingerprints and without having to directly associate their name and brand with the attacks made on their behalf.” Last week, . . . Complete story »

Wind power proposals surpass natural gas plans

The manager of New England’s power grid says for the first time ever, there are more proposals for new wind power projects than there are for natural gas. But getting those wind turbines up and running is a totally different ballgame. About half of those new proposed wind projects would be onshore – in northern parts of New England. But here’s the problem: many don’t have a way to plug into the grid. “Half of the wind projects would be sited . . . Complete story »

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