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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.

In New York and New England, wind energy projects are “like siting landfills. Nobody wants them.”

The politics of renewable energy can be seen as left versus right. But when it comes to siting large renewable-energy projects, the divide is increasingly about rich versus poor. “Wind developers don’t target the tony communities, like near Hillary Clinton’s house in Chappaqua, or Westchester County,” says Joni Riggle, a resident of Chautauqua County, who opposes the Cassadaga project. “The people who live in those places have the financial clout to fight Big Wind.” Complete story »

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2020 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen seek delay in Gulf of Maine offshore wind planning

Gulf of Maine fishermen this week asked three New England governors and federal officials for a six-month delay in planning for offshore wind energy development in those waters, as the seafood industry grapples with the upheaval of coronavirus. In deeper waters of the gulf, wind power will be achieved only with the use of floating turbines. The extensive anchoring and cabling that would be required means “lease areas will become de facto closures to fishing,” the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance . . . Complete story »

New England fishing groups wary of rapid offshore wind development plans

As offshore wind moves up the coast of New England, efforts are underway to make sure the region’s fishing interests have a seat at the table early in project development. An alliance of industry and academic stakeholders is promoting the need for research and best practices as offshore wind takes hold in waters where fishing has long been an economic anchor. Fishing groups have several concerns about the potential for boating obstacles and ecological impacts. A dearth of research makes . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Antrim wind project complete

ANTRIM – The Antrim wind project is up and running, following years of debate among area residents. The project’s nine wind turbines were active as of Dec. 24, according to the project’s owner TransAlta. Based in Alberta, Canada, TransAlta operates more than 20 wind farms and 900 turbines across Canada, Australia and the United States. The company took over the operation from Antrim Wind Energy LLC last March, its website states. The turbines were constructed on a ridgeline extending from Tuttle . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Land deal could mean a wind farm coming to Claremont

A remote corner of Claremont currently visited mostly by deer and snowmobilers may one day be home to a colony of wind turbines. A Maryland company that builds and manages natural gas and wind turbine power plants has entered into a long-term agreement to lease about 800 acres on Green Mountain, near the border with Newport, with an eye toward building and operating a wind-power farm. The lease agreement signed in December between property owners James D. Smith III and . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Ex-state rep.: Wind turbines would hurt Hampton Beach views, tourism

A former state representative is calling on local officials to denounce a proposal for offshore wind turbines in the Gulf of Maine he believes could hurt tourism in the Seacoast. Fred Rice, a retired representative from Hampton, called for the Hampton Beach Village District commissioners at their last meeting to oppose offshore wind, a proposal being examined by a newly formed three-state federal task force. The turbines are expected to lower greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs, and . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2020 • New Hampshire, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Politics preventing real energy solutions

When I was first elected to the Legislature in 2010, the biggest concern of the business community was high energy costs. Companies could relocate to Pennsylvania where, due to abundant supplies of natural gas, electric costs were substantially lower, about 12.5 cents per kWh. Right now NH electricity costs about 20 cents/kWh. Pretty much the same in the rest of New England. The problem has not been solved, but has been made worse. The reason the problem has not been . . . Complete story »

January 2, 2020 • New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Stories of 2019: Decade-long Antrim Wind project

After months of setbacks, Antrim Selectman John Robertson said the wind turbine project a decade in the making is almost complete. “Tomorrow’s the day,” that the Antrim Wind project is set to officially finish, he said on Dec. 23. Antrim Wind is owned by a subsidiary of TransAlta, which operates more than 20 wind farms and 900 turbines across Canada, the United States and Australia. When complete, the Antrim Wind project is expected to produce 28.8 megawatts of energy from . . . Complete story »

December 12, 2019 • Maine, Massachusetts, New HampshirePrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind task force meets today at UNH

New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts are set to begin planning how they might develop offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Maine. The first meeting of the tri-state task force takes place all day today at the University of New Hampshire and is open to the public. The group is led by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, where Jim Bennett is head of renewable energy. He tells NHPR that offshore wind could transform the region’s grid. “A wind . . . Complete story »

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