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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.

July 27, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Granite Reliable Power wind farm to be sold

COOS COUNTY – The sale of the 99-megawatt Granite Reliable Power Wind Farm to a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., is expected to take place by the end of the month. When the transaction is finalized, ownership control will pass from the subsidiary of one energy giant, Brookfield Renewable Energy, to a subsidiary of the company that owns the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The N.H. Site Evaluation Subcommittee issued a draft order Monday morning approving the transaction with one condition. The . . . Complete story »

June 11, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Senior Assistant AG voices concern amid investigation of Antrim Wind complaints

ANTRIM – The N.H. Attorney General’s Office recently weighed in on a state regulatory body’s investigation into complaints about Antrim Wind, expressing concern that the company that owns the turbines is not fully complying with orders regulating lights associated with them. Senior Assistant Attorney General K. Allen Brooks wrote to the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee in his capacity as counsel for the public. Since Antrim Wind began operating in 2019, residents living near the facility have complained about noise and the . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

TransAlta upgrades Antrim Wind aircraft lights, responds to AG

TransAlta, the company operating Antrim’s wind turbine project, affirmed their obligation to properly operating and maintaining the radar-activated aircraft warning lights on the turbines. Their announcement came as a response to concerns voiced by the state Attorney General’s office in late May. TransAlta has “always accepted” the obligation to properly operate and maintain its turbine lighting system, a spokeswoman for the company said on Wednesday. “Documents and correspondence with the NH Site Evaluation Committee, all published on the SEC website, . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

AG’s office weighs in on state investigation of Antrim wind turbine complaints

When the Antrim Wind project was in its permitting process, it committed to using radar-activated lighting to minimize the turbine’s nighttime visual impact. However, after residents lodged complaints that the lights aren’t shutting off when they’re supposed to, Antrim Wind Energy LLC claimed that ensuring a functioning lighting system isn’t part of their contract. The state Attorney General’s office highlighted the power company’s stance and its implications in a letter to the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) last week. . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • Editorials, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Take a letter: But will SEC read it?

What does it say about New Hampshire government priorities that it adds a new and unnecessary office (see related editorial today) but can’t provide its Site Evaluation Committee with someone to open the mail and inform the public about public hearings? The site committee is of no small importance, as residents in and around Antrim have discovered in trying to deal with a large-scale windmill project. The SEC approved the project, with stipulations. But it then waived those stipulations at . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State farms complaints about Antrim Wind to subcommittee

ANTRIM – After fielding numerous concerns from neighbors of the Antrim Wind facility, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee has voted to establish a subcommittee to vet complaints about the turbines. During a March 25 meeting, members of the SEC, which oversees energy projects throughout the state, voted unanimously to create the three-member subcommittee to review complaints related to the nine-turbine facility, and determine if they require an investigation. Further, the SEC chair has been directed to hire consultants to assist the . . . Complete story »

April 8, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim Wind complainants may start to get answers this month

The Antrim Select Board agreed to address the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on behalf of residents’ concerns about noise and light issues associated with the Antrim Wind project at their Monday night meeting. Concerned citizens might get some answers by the end of the month, according to an update the SEC sent recently. On Friday, the SEC issued an update naming the three members of the investigative subcommittee tasked with recommending a methodology for measuring and analyzing sound and . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim selectmen want SEC to deal with windmills

Antrim’s Board of Selectmen wants the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to help more with the complaints about the windmill project in town. John Robertson, chairman of the select board, said the board has been hearing from residents who have problems with the noise generated by the $60 million Antrim Wind project. Residents have been complaining about the wall-shaking noise the windmills make, and the near-constant flashing lights. “The select board will write a letter to the SEC, voicing concerns from . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2021 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

What’s that noise? SEC hears windmills

The state Site Evaluation Committee is one pretty powerful entity, which is why its action, or lack thereof, in the Antrim windmill project was so disconcerting. The SEC seems to have righted itself on this one, but only after state senators called it to task for ignoring windmill neighbors’ complaints. The complaints include the noise level the turbines are generating, as well as the lights that are glowing when they should not be. The SEC granted Antrim Wind an exemption . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2021 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

State promises investigation of Antrim Wind complaints

There’s new hope on the horizon for Antrim residents who previously felt their complaints about excessive noise and lights coming from the Antrim Wind installation were going ignored. The state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), which oversees energy facilities throughout the state and enforces any compliance issues, committed to addressing their mechanisms for complaint filing and investigation, public notification of meetings, and wind turbine noise standards at a meeting on Thursday afternoon. The meeting came after a number of residents said . . . Complete story »

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