New England is possessed of much talent but looses a considerable portion of it to other states due to the regions relative weakness in providing for a reasonable priced cost of living even though taxes do not appear to be a competitive disadvantage to New England.
"I am very concerned we have a long term energy strategy but like all of us in New Hampshire, I also love the outdoors that is so important to the quality of life. I think the first proposal didn't take that into consideration and could have harmed our travel and tourism economy."
Town officials will hold a public hearing on Monday to decide whether or not to accept a one-time payment of $40,000 from Antrim Wind Energy for "acceptable compensation" for negative visual impacts a wind farm would have had on the town.
In February, the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee voted down a proposed 10-turbine wind farm due to negative visual impacts the turbines would have had on the area and the town.
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 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.
LEMPSTER — The House will consider legislation today establishing a committee to study the effects of wind farms, a vote that could shape the future of wind energy in New Hampshire.
Wind power is immensely attractive in more than a few ways. Like tidal power, it's seemingly benign and non polluting, and doesn't involve exporting our energy dollars abroad year after year.
But wind power isn't all that simple. For example, it doesn't work just anywhere. Despite the best intentions of the city of Keene, which is known widely for environmental innovation, two studies have found that local wind patterns aren't strong or steady enough to justify investments in turbines.
Once upon a time, the primary questions to ask about upgrading the electrical transmission line in Coos County were how much it would cost and who would pay for it. After all, without such a line, projects for power generation from renewable resources like wind and wood, seen as key contributors to economic development in the hard-hit region, would come to a standstill.
But lately, other questions have been raised: How much of an upgrade will be needed? And will it be needed at all?
Hydro Quebec, NStar and Northeast Utilities are working on the Northern Pass project with the Patrick administration's support. Project organizers say the new line could provide another 1,200 megawatts of hydro electricity, enough to power nearly a million houses.
The project is still in early engineering and study phases, with the goal of wrapping up in 2015, the Northern Pass website says.