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"They made a lot of promises about how this is going to bring local jobs to local people ... We thought they would be fair and equitable to the people of New Hampshire,'' Cleary said.
But several late developments in Iberdrola's proposal, including a new power line route for connecting the turbines to the PSNH energy grid, caused uncertainty about the project following a week's worth of state hearings last month.
Wind-energy projects are starting to pop up in New Hampshire, but people hoping to see off-shore wind farms are still treading water.
And if coastal development ever does ever occur, it will come with a sizable price tag. Projects proposed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are expected to cost billions of dollars to build, as do coal and nuclear plants located across the country.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth, who represents the public interest in the case, said this is the first time he has seen a power line route changed in the middle of the application process. ...Additionally, the state Division of Historical Resources recently rejected a submission from Iberdrola that the state agency said lacked sufficient information to address the project's impact on historical aspects of the community.
Gregg Pitman, the executive director of the New Hampshire Campground Owners Association, spoke against the potential noise caused by the turbines on behalf of Cheryl and Rick Lewis, who own Baker River Campground about 1.25 miles from the proposed site of the 400-foot turbines.
Brushing and tree-cutting to clear land for building a road system and the small spaces needed for the installation of GRP's 33 wind turbines will begin once the ground is frozen, likely in January 2011.
Suzanne Sayer, a member of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power in Maine, has extensive experience working with wind turbines. She gave two reasons why it hasn't caught on for residents.
"It's not cost effective, and there's no wind," she said. ...Winds in most areas, except right on the coast, are not strong enough or sustained enough for most residential wind turbines to be effective.
Weighing concerns about noise and aesthetics against the altruistic benefits of clean energy, about 100 residents crowded into a Plymouth State University auditorium last night for a public hearing before the state panel that is reviewing a proposal to build 24 wind turbines in Groton.
A proposed wind park in Groton will be the subject of a site visit and public hearing June 28 before the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee. In addition, the town of Groton and area residents have petitioned to intervene in the process.
The answer may not be blowing in the wind. Tuesday night Almont Village Council trustees joined a growing number of local officials eyeing regulations for wind turbines.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported last month that the U.S. wind industry built nearly 10,000 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity last year, enough to supply electricity to 2.4 million homes. The association predicts a 30-fold growth in wind turbine installations over the next five years.
Slow to approve its own wind-energy projects, the state of Vermont is reaching out to projects in neighboring states to buy wind energy from them.
The state Public Service Board has approved contracts under which Vermont's two largest utilities would buy power generated by Granite Reliable Wind's 33 wind towers in northern New Hampshire.
Vermont utility regulators are giving the go-ahead to a plan by the state's two largest electric utilities to buy wind power produced in northern New Hampshire. ...CVPS plans to buy 30.3 percent of the Granite Reliable's output and GMP will purchase 25 percent of the output for 20 years.
Once again this week, dozens of residents from Rumney and surrounding communities gathered at the Russell Elementary School for an informational public hearing about the proposed Wind Power Facility on Tenney Mountain and Fletcher Ridge in Groton.
The three-hour meeting was the second public hearing sponsored by the Rumney Select Board in recent weeks.
On Monday, Thomas B. Getz, presiding officer and vice chair of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee, wrote that a comprehensive review has found the application by Iberdrola Renewables Inc. is complete and will proceed to public and adversarial hearings. None have yet been scheduled.
The chairwoman of the Energy Committee expressed concerns about how the proposed small wind energy systems ordinance was developed, as well as what it says. ...The Planning Board developed the ordinance to "accommodate small wind energy systems in appropriate locations, while protecting the public's health, safety and welfare," states Article 6 on the warrant for the May 11 meeting.
Richard and Loranne Block, whose nearby home overlooks the summit of Tuttle Hill, quickly appealed the variance. On Dec. 1, 2009, the board approved a rehearing of the decision by a 3-2 vote but it had not yet begun the rehearing.
After the appeal, according to Town Planner Peter Moore, Eolian began to pursue a second building permit for the tower as a backup in case the permit was rescinded. The application was rejected because there was no site plan. A site plan was submitted and approved by the Planning Board on March 18.
An application to place 24 wind turbines on Tenney and Fletcher Mountain ridge lines west of Plymouth has been submitted to the state for review.
The $120 million Groton Wind Project would produce 48 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 20,000 homes.
The application was filed Friday with the state Site Evaluation Committee, which must give an up or down vote in nine months.
A local couple is asking the town of Easton to allow them to take the first steps towards building a wind power producing facility on an 812-acre ridge in the Northwest corner of town. ...The idea of a wind-farm is controversial in this small town. Approximately two dozen people attending the town's Zoning Board of Adjustments meeting last week asked questions and voice concerns.
The big source of alternative energy in New England is wind power, but it's usually located far from the cities that use the most power, which means expensive power lines must be built to take advantage of the wind. Offshore wind power is even more powerful than wind onshore, and also carries the need for expensive power line construction. This is the first of two stories looking at the state's electrical grid.
Opponents of a plan to build 33 wind turbines in Coos County have filed an appeal with the New Hampshire Supreme Court.