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In issuing its opening brief regarding upcoming hearings on complaints against Iberdrola Renewables' Groton wind project, the state Attorney General's Office asserts that the state Fire Marshal has the authority to seek a suspension of Groton Wind, LLC's operating certificate and to halt operations at the facility.
This week the public has a chance to weigh in on the future of the state’s Site Evaluation Committee. The SEC reviews major utility projects, including proposed wind farms and the Northern Pass project. The concerns of opponents of those projects prompted Governor Hassan to sign Senate Bill 99.
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The Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday night upheld earlier planning and zoning board decisions allowing Jericho Power to install three 500-foot wind turbines on Jericho Mountain. But the board did modify the Jan. 8 planning board decision to require the wind turbines to set back at least 200 feet from the perimeter of the property.
There have also discussions with Brookfield Renewable Power, the owner of the Granite Reliable Power wind farm, about reducing the 1,300-foot setback requirement for the turbines. That will also require approval of the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee.
"We caution investors that Northeast Utilities' Northern Pass transmission project, which would transport 1,200 megawatts of hydro power supplied by Hydro-Quebec from Canada into New England, likely faces significant delays and cost increases. Regulatory hurdles and substantial political headwinds will likely prevent the project from going into service before 2018, at the earliest with delays until 2019-2020 very possible as well."
“It appears the venues chosen are in areas that are not impacted by industrial wind projects or Northern Pass. It would make sense to hold a meeting in an area like Newfound Lake that currently has one wind plant operational (to its north in Groton) and is facing three new proposals for industrial wind facilities, to include the potential for up to 100 40-50 story wind turbines, in addition to the existing 24 turbines.”
Rep. Harold "Skip" Reilly of Bristol was cheered at an Alexandria selectmen's meeting Tuesday when he said he is bringing last year's House Bill 580, which would establish moratoriums on wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects until the state issues a comprehensive energy plan.
“Iberdrola appears to say whatever is expedient at the moment,” said Wind Watch’s Nancy Watson. “They have on numerous occasions dating back to 2009 stated they will not install any industrial wind plant without community support. Then they show up in Alexandria (Tuesday) night, a town that rejected their proposed wind installation by a nearly 3-to-1 vote (at Town Meeting in March) and proceed to inform residents they are proceeding in spite of the overwhelming voter mandate to the contrary.”
“I think you’re doing a marvelous job of telling us what’s right for you and your company,” said resident Jan Connor. “You’re just not telling us what’s right for us.” ...Others challenged Iberdrola’s stance that there is support in the area for the project. One resident called for a town vote on the issue. In March, residents voted 3-to-1 against the proposal on a ballot question.
The city's share of the 2013 Coos County tax bill will drop by $129,230 because of the higher valuations assessed to the unincorporated places of Millsfield and Dixville. Millsfield's share of the county tax, however, will increase by $844,807 – from $32,138 to $876,945. Dixville's share of the county tax increases from just over half a percent to 1.8 percent or from $83,503 to $264,788.
“Iberdrola has demonstrated a reckless disregard for New Hampshire’s rules and its residents,” said Lori Lerner, president of Wind Watch. “The New Hampshire attorney general, our state fire marshal, and numerous members of the public have called on the SEC to require Iberdrola to correct the violations or for project operations to stop.”
The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee ('SEC') has announced hearings to determine whether to suspend and revoke the Certificate of Site and Facility granted Groton Wind LLC, a limited liability corporation wholly-owned and managed by Iberdrola Renewables, Inc.
The New Hampshire SIte Evaluation Committee (NHSEC) issued this procedural order involving Iberdrola's Groton Wind Energy facility. The controversial Groton Wind project consists of 24 Gamesa G87-2MW (48 MW total) turbines. The project was permitted by the Committee in May 2011 and placed in service December 2012. The order is in response to documented project construction changes made by Iberdrola which deviated from the approved project plans.
"We think that it is likely there will be significant additional transmission investment needed to maintain reliability and improve access to these clean, intermittent power sources," Lee Olivier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in an earnings call Friday. "But it is too early to estimate how much that additional investment will be and exactly when it will occur."
PSNH has maintained that running underground transmission lines would make Northern Pass economically unfeasible. But critics said TDI New England's proposal not only disproves that claim, but could place Northern Pass out of the bidding since New England Clean Power Link would provide comparable energy to the New England market — without the community and political opposition Northern Pass has engendered.
While the presence of wetlands specifically affected the proposed Grafton site, Cherian said opposition from the community also played into Iberdrola’s decision. “We recognized that in Grafton, as in other towns, there are people that don’t support the project,” Cherian said.
The Coos County Commissioners have voted to award the valuation appraisal contract for the Granite Reliable Power wind farm to George E. Sansoucy LLC of Lancaster. The county is locked in a legal battle with the state Department of Revenue Administration over the valuation of the wind farm components in the unincorporated places of Millsfield and Dixville.
We were originally against adding more wind farms to NH's skylines. Living in Plymouth, we see the mammoth towers every time we drive down Tenney Mountain Highway. But after listening to all of the pros and cons, we've changed our opinion. So here are the 10 reasons why we no longer oppose adding more wind farms to the mountains of N.H.
Holmes said the proposed line would abut their property. "This is my stand," he said. "If you don't stand up for what you believe in, where are we going?" Holmes said three real estate agents have informed him that "I couldn't get half what the property's worth just because of the threat of Northern Pass."