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This summer, Antrim Town Beach visitors had a prime view of the first three Antrim Wind turbines going up.
The mix of clouds and calm ensures that wind turbines and solar cells will produce electricity varying from many megawatts to 0 megawatts. In order to get any specified average amount of green electricity from either sun or wind, or both, 3-5 times that generation capacity must be installed. But when the wind blows and the sun shines, that excess electricity will blow the grid.
Major issues have often divided Democrats and Republicans during this session of the Legislature, but there has been bipartisan agreement on the need to promote renewable energy.
Lots of arguments have been made against the Green New Deal, and its goal of 100% carbon-free energy, including carbon-free electricity, by 2030. Most of these arguments have been political and economic. But the fundamental argument destroying 100% clean electricity is more basic. The weather won’t allow it!
The disagreement over Vineyard Wind’s waiver concerns a technicality in New England’s power markets. The company requested an exemption that would have allowed it to bypass a minimum offer price on subsidized energy resources that participate in the grid operator’s annual markets for reserve power. FERC agreed to a fix proposed by ISO New England that would allow Vineyard Wind to qualify for the exemption in the coming years.
“We decided it would make sense to get started as soon as possible so we can have a baseline bunch of data of infrasound for this area before turbines go into operation,” Block said. “When they do go into operation – which is at least a year off, according to their building schedule – we will be able to chart the differences.”
ANTRIM NH -- Nearly a decade after Antrim residents first heard the first proposal to put wind turbines on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain, ground is being broken on the project next week.
It’s unfortunate that wind energy has ever risen in energy discussions, because it suffers a serious, fundamental and likely insoluble problem. This problem is sufficiently serious as to question whether wind energy should ever be considered to contribute meaningful electrical energy to New Hampshire.
“(T)he proposed wind energy facility will create an industrial ‘island’ in the midst of thousand of acres of protected land,” Mary Allen of Antrim wrote in testimony submitted to the committee in 2016 deliberations.
CONCORD — Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project.
FERC approved ISO-NE’s two-stage capacity auction to accommodate state renewable energy procurements, with Commissioner Robert Powelson dissenting and Commissioners Cheryl LaFleur and Richard Glick leveling new criticism on the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) (ER18-619).
House Bill 1358 ...ignores that the burden of proof is on the energy project developer to demonstrate its project is beneficial — not on the public to show that it isn’t. A project that truly is in the public’s interest should be able to withstand such scrutiny.
New England’s power grid is in good shape now and home solar and energy efficiency efforts mean the region’s annual demand for electricity is projected to decline, according to the grid’s operators. But there are also problems ahead.
The NH House narrowly voted last week to “tap the brakes” on the state’s policy to expand use of renewable energy, though critics of the bill might say it could bring the policy to a screeching halt.
A state committee unanimously voted Thursday to deny an application for Northern Pass. All seven members of the Site Evaluation Committee agreed that Northern Pass had not met its burden to show the proposed transmission line would not “unduly interfere with the orderly development of the region.”
Oral arguments for an appeal against the approval of a wind project in Antrim were heard in the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday morning.
In recent years it seemed Northern Pass may have made a mistake getting ahead of the crowd in an attempt to sell Quebec hydropower into New England, as it faced more than six years of withering criticism while later-arriving proposals drew little attention.
Antrim select board members voted to adopt changes to amendments made to the 2012 Town Agreement with Antrim Wind Energy during a public hearing on Monday night.
The NH House Science Technology and Energy Committee narrowly voted Tuesday to gut energy-efficiency funding through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and roll back the state’s renewable energy standard, in a move that one Republic denounced as partisan and a Democrat called “nuts.”