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The town of Antrim has spent more than $100,000 in administrative and legal fees for the nine-turbine wind project slated to be built on Tuttle Hill and span to the north flank of Willard Mountain.
The Antrim Conservation Commission said it does not want to be included in a copy of a proposed warrant article regarding the acquisition of the Charles S. Bean property easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy project agreement.
“I think that would take some coordination among the New England governors to begin with. And I think it would take a real tough look at what got us here," Monahan says. "Did we overbuild the system? And then unwinding those investments is going to be particular challenging. You can’t just up and disrupt that process in the middle.”
In 2015, neighbors living within 3,800 feet of an industrial wind project on Vermont's Georgia Mountain filed a motion for relief. They reported sleep disturbance and other health impacts caused by the operations of the 440-foot-tall turbines. Vermont's Department of Public Service found the neighbors' complaints to be credible and serious, and concluded that turbine operations could be "indicative of a significant impairment of the quality of life for some nearby residents."
With the SEC approval, an ugly statewide precedent has now been set that undermines the integrity and work of local volunteers who develop these important land-use plans. The undeveloped forests in this area are now more vulnerable to future development. ...Green project or not, the AWE farm is located on the wrong site. Because the Site Evaluation Committee dismissed this, its decision must be reversed.
No matter where kilowatts come from when generated by utility-scale energy projects, there are impacts on the natural world as evidenced by this roadway for the Granite Reliable wind project, New Hampshire’s second big wind development. The state’s fourth, Antrim Wind Energy’s project in Antrim, was approved Monday.
“New Hampshire Wind Watch, who was very active in the SEC rulemaking process, had a keen interest in how the committee applied its new rules in the Antrim Wind case,” Lerner said. “Unfortunately, what we observed raises serious concerns that several rules were arbitrarily ignored or even violated to the benefit [of] the applicant. We will be reviewing the written decision closely before we announce our next steps.”
An opponent of a proposed Antrim wind farm that received state approval this week won’t rule out going to court to block the project. ...“The project is too close” to homes and animal habitat, Linowes said.
Our organization has not, as was suggested in the piece, come out “in support of the project.” ...The conservancy has sought to provide input in a way that honors our mission and our science-based approach while adding value to the site review and respecting the perspectives of other stakeholders.
Even with the committee’s approval, he said, the 28.8 megawatt project is still a long way off from being built. The key will come from the written order, he said, but until that document is in writing, it’s hard to comment on the nuances of the proposal.
Frank Edelblut’s “My Turn” piece (Monitor Forum, Dec. 5), urging the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee to approve a ridge-top wind farm in Antrim, is not up-to-date, is missing some important information, and lacks the due diligence and hard-nosed analysis that one would expect from a successful businessman such as Edelblut.
Researchers who worked near the 400-foot high wind turbines on peaks above the proposed Balsams ski area say there is reason to be worried about people getting too close: They saw chunks of ice being thrown and found ice craters and broken saplings 930 feet from a turbine.
For the first time under its new rules, a state committee could decide as early as next month whether to approve a controversial wind farm planned in Antrim.
It certainly wasn’t the biggest story to come out of last Tuesday’s election, but it was an important one nonetheless.
As the state’s Site Evaluation Committee decides whether to permit a proposed new wind farm in Antrim, New Hampshire Wind Watch is citing Groton Wind’s estimate four years ago that its facility would have a capacity factor of 33 to 36 percent. The capacity factor measurement is the average power generated divided by the rated peak power.
The projects have a nameplate capacity of 461.2 megawatts, but they will produce less power than that because the facilities typically operate at less than 35 percent of capacity. Approximately 306.4 megawatts come from solar projects and 154.8 megawatts from wind.
Ambitious plans to build wind farms in northern and western Maine representing billions of dollars of investment were dealt a blow on Tuesday, after a coalition of utilities and state agencies in southern New England failed to select any Maine-based wind or transmission projects to meet the region’s clean-energy goals.
County planners will discuss Wednesday evening whether to take action on a proposed wind overlay district that has been a source of contention for residents and officials for nearly eight months.
Ten property owners have asked the Select Board to negotiate a land buyout agreement with a wind farm developer should the project be approved.
Selectmen have unanimously backed the town conservation commission’s opposition to a proposed wind farm in neighboring Antrim. They said the project would harm the town without providing any benefit to residents.