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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.
MILLSFIELD — Citing the “rocky relationship” with Coos County as well as the possible effects of a redeveloped Balsams Resort in nearby Dixville on their community, voters here recently decided to incorporate as a town.
The 20-year power purchase agreement with Antrim Wind, LLC was carried out by disenfranchising NHEC members. It also introduced an expensive source of inefficient and inconsistent energy that ratepayers will pay for in higher electric rates for many years to come. Last but not least, this agreement is environmentally destructive to sensitive ridgeline ecosystems, watersheds, and the health and well-being of the people and wildlife that live in the vicinity of the proposed Antrim Wind project.
Opponents of a proposed $140 million wind-energy plant say they are pleased that Canaan and Orange residents voted earlier this month to restrict or oppose new wind power plants in their towns.
To put this 30 percent in perspective, a single nuclear, hydro or coal plant, or Northern Pass, generates less than 30 percent of our average power. This highlights how these large wind surges would raise havoc with the ISO-NE grid. A scan of the New England wind data shows that large wind-generated electric surges would hit the ISO-NE grid once or twice each week, and last many hours.
ANTRIM — There are always two sides to a story.
“There is a detailed record chronicling multiple issues owing to Iberdrola’s failure to build the project according to its state (certificate of operation),” Wind Watch said in a statement Thursday. “After a lengthy enforcement proceeding, the Site Evaluation Committee accepted a settlement agreement ...The settlement does not erase the fact that Iberdrola evidently violated the terms of its (certificate), and in doing so abused the public trust.”
New Hampshire Wind Watch, which opposes new wind projects in the area, said EDP should have learned from votes taken at area town meetings in recent years that overwhelmingly opposed the plant.
The network was formed as wind power companies from Spain and Portugal propose new wind power plants near Newfound Lake. Communities in the area, which voted overwhelmingly to oppose such projects, found that they had little or no control under state law, as the authority over large energy projects belonged to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.
Antrim Wind Energy officials announced recently that they’ve filed an application with the state agency to build nine wind turbines on the Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain ridge line.
Antrim Wind Energy has until Jan. 24, 2016, to submit its next full application to the committee, which will have the final say on whether the farm can be built and, if so, what mitigation might be required.
A sub-committee of the state’s SEC has voted 5 to 2 that this was enough of a change to get a second-hearing. However, in its order, the committee writes “whether the differences in the proposals are material enough to require a different result …cannot be determined” until they see the company’s application.
On Friday morning, the state’s Site Evaluation Committee voted 7-2 to take jurisdiction of the proposed wind farm, which means the state and not the town will decide whether the turbines can be built and what mitigations might be required.
Regulators decided Tuesday to put that decision off until late July. Only after that is when the state or the town will begin ask the big question, is New Hampshire still willing to build wind farms of this size? For instance, there’s still theoretically a big project on the horizon for the Newfound Lake Area.
The state’s Site Evaluation Committee has finished taking testimony on whether it should take jurisdiction of an oft-debated wind energy project in Antrim. Its final decision, however, will not be handed down until the end of the month.
One matter remains from one public intervener in the case, Mark Watson of 35 Stone Glade Lane in Groton, who wants a full explanation of how the state and Groton Wind settled on the $160,000 payment meant to mitigate the company’s decision to relocate its operations and management building without obtaining proper permits.
The board voted 6 to 1 Tuesday to ask the SEC to take jurisdiction of the proposed Antrim Wind project, located on the Tuttle Hill ridgeline and Willard Mountain. The board has declined to take an official stance on the project.
Brookfield Power has three wind turbines about 400 feet high that are along one of the ridgelines. Mill said they are in agreement with Brookfield on a plan to develop side by side and making good progress on state permitting.