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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 10, 2021 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

New England council calls for offshore wind mitigation fund

The New England Fishery Management Council updated its offshore wind energy policy, endorsing calls for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to establish “a compensatory mitigation fund for damages that occur to the marine environment and fish habitat,” and losses to fishing vessels as turbine arrays are built. The council’s Dec. 7 deliberation came with a new presentation from BOEM on the agency’s push to review and approve up to 16 wind energy projects off the East Coast by late . . . Complete story »

December 5, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

The N.H. Department of Energy wants more data on the impact of offshore wind

Offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine could impact New Hampshire’s economy, environment, and energy system. The state’s new Department of Energy has released a Request for Proposals to find a consultant to help the state assess what those impacts could be. Offshore wind development has produced controversy in other places. But the East Coast will likely see a major development of the renewable energy source in the coming years. Though New Hampshire is likely years away from offshore . . . Complete story »

August 26, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Granite Reliable Power wind farm sale gets final approval

The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Wind commercial farm has been given final approval by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. The committee issued its order on Aug. 17, approving the transfer of the certificate of site and facility for the state’s largest wind farm. The 33-turbine wind farm is currently owned by BAIF U.S. Renewable Power, a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewable Power, with Freshet Wind Energy holding a small share. When the transfer is complete, the entire wind . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State approves sale of New Hampshire’s largest wind farm

After nearly four months of review, the state has formally approved the sale of the Granite Reliable Power wind farm in Coos County, the largest commercial wind farm in New Hampshire. Following the decision by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, the 99-megawatt, 33-turbine GRP that has been in operation since 2012 will be purchased by NextEra Energy Partners from majority owner Brookfield Renewable Energy, which currently owns 89.5 percent of GRP, and Freshet Energy LLC, which owns 10.5 percent. . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State’s largest wind farm sold from one energy conglomerate to another

CONCORD – The once controversial Granite Reliable Wind Farm is changing hands from one energy conglomerate to another. The state Site Evaluation Committee issued its final order this week approving the ownership transfer from Brookfield Renewable Energy to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Inc., which owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. Brookfield and Freshet Wind Energy, which owns 10.5 percent of Granite Reliable, are transferring ownership to Tusk Wind Holdings III, as part of a four wind farm sale including Granite . . . Complete story »

New England solar developer’s legal wrangling draws praise, criticism

Thomas Melone is president of a Connecticut solar company. He is also a lawyer. And between the two, observers say, he is something of an enigma.  As head of Allco Renewable Energy, Melone says his company’s corporate mission is to combat the devastating impacts of climate change. But he’s also filed multiple lawsuits challenging several states’ clean energy programs. He most recently made news by suing in federal court to have approvals overturned for Vineyard Wind – poised to be the . . . Complete story »

August 4, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Coos County: financial information non-public in pending wind farm sale

After a decade in operation, the 33-turbine, 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power commercial wind farm in Coos County is about to be sold, and the buyer and seller want to keep the purchase and sale agreement from the public. The sale must first be approved by the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, which on July 26 held a public hearing in Concord. On May 3, Brookfield Renewable Power, the majority owner, and NextEra Energy, the prospective buyer, filed a joint petition . . . Complete story »

August 2, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind noise and light complaints not yet settled

Recent recommendations from a subcommittee of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) disappointed some neighbors to the Antrim Wind turbine project who wanted more precise sound measuring standards than what the committee appears poised to adopt, but the conversation is far from over. Nearby residents have lodged multiple noise and lighting-related complaints since the nine turbines went online in December 2019. Earlier this year, the SEC embarked on an overhaul of their complaint handling process after complainants said they felt . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Questions raised about offshore wind at meeting

PORTSMOUTH – Mark Sanborn, in his new role with the state Department of Energy, asked those attending a hearing at the Pease International Tradeport for their concerns about a proposed offshore wind project in the Gulf of Maine. “This isn’t a place to talk about how great offshore wind is,” Sanborn told the attendees during the July 26 meeting of the Commission To Study Offshore Wind. “We want to draw out the things that folks are most concerned about because actually . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

New Hampshire to study pros and cons of offshore wind energy development

PORTSMOUTH – Born out of the state’s biennial budget that went into effect on July 1, New Hampshire’s newly-christened Department of Energy will oversee the state’s development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine. The Commission to Study Offshore Wind and Port Development met Monday at the state’s Department of Environmental Services’ regional office at Pease International Tradeport, just its second in-person meeting of 2021. Chaired by state Sen. David Watters, D-Dover, the commission received public input on its . . . Complete story »

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