Library from New Hampshire
In the first of a two day series, NHPR Correspondent Hilary McQuilkin is going to take us to the state's first commercial windfarm....in Berlin.
....the lack of zoning is what prompted the town to request a state review.
CONCORD – A hearing to decide whether the state should review a proposed Lempster wind farm has been continued until July 6.
The committee tonight will consider whether to review the project, a first step in a process that could take up to a year or more. Lempster has no zoning and there are concerns that the small town lacks the resources to regulate an energy project.
CONCORD – This week, the state Site Evaluation Committee will meet to decide whether it should launch an official review of a proposed wind farm in Lempster.
PORTSMOUTH - A proposal to capture electricity from tidal energy in the Piscataqua River has been filed with federal energy officials and calls for 50 to 100 underwater turbines to be submerged throughout Rockingham and Strafford County stretches of the river and up into York County.
LEMPSTER, N.H. --When Kevin and Debra Onnela moved to their 1,500-acre mountaintop spread 27 years ago, a homemade windmill provided all the electricity they needed -- and more.
The state announced late last week that it would review the project because residents and town officials petitioned the state to step in.
Maine's largest energy provider is forecasting record-breaking electricity use this summer, as well as a need for additional supply lines to feed an ever-increasing demand. But a solution planned by ISO New England -- which manages electricity distribution in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont -- is being met with skepticism by Maine officials, who question the proposal's need and fairness.
Lee also warned that renewable energy sources, though desirable, were not a "silver bullet" solution. "It does leave an environmental footprint," Lee said, noting that wind energy and solar energy take up large areas of land, making it difficult to find a place to put them, especially in densely populated parts of the world.
LEMPSTER — A number of local taxpayers who signed a petition last month asking the state to review a windmill project proposed for Lempster Mountain have asked to have their names stricken.
WASHINGTON — Electricity rates threaten to follow the path of gas prices: Up. ISO New England, the region's grid operator, is gaining support for a plan to raise electricity rates by $5 billion over four years, beginning in December. Rates would continue to rise at an undetermined click after that.
The nuclear industry will pay for a new campaign involving Moore and Whitman. No doubt anti-nukes will accuse them of “selling out.” But that is hard to do here. Both individuals have a strong record of environmentalism.
This is a slightly edited version of a letter sent to Gov. John Lynch by Concord residents William Klapproth, Dana Robinson, John Hardie, Sidney Schoeffler and Ellen Little.
Lempster – Construction of the state’s first wind farm might be in jeopardy after residents and town officials requested the state step in.
If New England's nuclear energy plants had to be replaced by other non-emitting sources of electricity to meet the RGGI goals, the region would be looking at large-scale wind projects, with weather-dependent output, spread over some 650,000 acres of land or water at a cost of more than $10 billion.
LEMPSTER, N.H. The state is deciding whether it should review plans for a wind farm in Lempster (New Hampshire) after requests from town officials and residents.
Renewable energy sources have disadvantages as well as advantages, however. Although their costs have decreased in recent years, many renewables are still more costly than traditional sources. Some are also available only intermittently; for example, wind can be variable and hydroelectric is seasonal. And while many people are in favor of renewables in principle, many are also unhappy when faced with the prospect of a windmill or a trash-burning power plant in their neighborhood. These facilities face the same siting and investment difficulties that any electrical facility would, as the developers of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod have discovered in recent years.
GROTON — Community Energy is hoping to bring renewable wind energy to the region, but concerns by some may put a halt to the plans.
I certainly hope that the residents of Sheffield and Sutton continue to look and listen very carefully to what they are shown and told, ask every question that they can, and consider this plan before allowing it to go forward. Something tells me that UPC will make their money and be gone, leaving NEK residents to live for many years with something they may eventually regret. I truly hope I'm wrong.