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Corporate Bullies

When our town said it would not sign a permit for an unwanted meteorological tower, Energais de Portugal initiated legal action. Now they have forced the hand of our selectmen, knowing full well the majority of citizens are opposed as well as the board members themselves. ...Energais de Portugal is a bigger bully than ever imagined.
10 Oct 2014

Hassan's poor choices: Council should reject SEC names

“If we truly want a member of the public on the committee, is a lawmaker considered a member of the public?’’ Of course not, which is why people who pushed for the new bill, including fellow legislators, are aghast at Hassan’s choices, even while noting they have nothing against either Odell, who would be the “public’’ member, or Merrill, who would serve as his alternate.
1 Oct 2014

Executive councilors raise questions about Hassan nominations

Executive councilors say they have concerns about Gov. Maggie Hassan’s nomination of two retiring lawmakers to the panel that has power over new energy projects. While both Sen. Bob Odell, R-New London, and Rep. Amanda Merrill, D-Durham, are outstanding public servants, District 1 Councilor Joseph Kenney, R-Wakefield, said, “It’s the wrong time and the wrong board.”
30 Sep 2014

Complaints withdrawn on Livermore Falls settlement

“The SEC still needs to consider and decide if the settlement reached between the Attorney General’s office and Groton Wind is acceptable. It must also determine what to do with the fact that the project, as built, does not comply with (the wind facility’s operating) certificate issued in May 2011,” Linowes said.
26 Aug 2014

Wind company’s tower permit delayed again

A request from a Portuguese wind-power developer to the town for a 262 foot meteorological tower to test the winds in town for wind-farm suitability was brought again to the board of selectmen Tuesday night, and again, approval was postponed to the next board meeting.
3 Jul 2014

Talks continue for the Balsams redevelopment

Coos County Commissioner Paul Grenier said that in a conversation with him, Otten indicated that he could “live” with a 500-foot setback but not the 1,350-foot setback that had been imposed by the county’s planning board. The setbacks are intended to prevent harm to anyone near the turbines from accumulated ice being flung off their blades.
30 Jun 2014

Wind company encounters opposition in Alexandria

What was supposed to be a brief discussion with the selectmen, though, turned into an often-contentious question-and-answer session with a group of about 40 disgruntled town and area residents. Repeatedly, audience members issued the same message to the company. “You are not wanted here,” said resident Bob Piehler.
19 Jun 2014

Third wind farm company to approach Alexandria

(NH) Wind Watch members will be at the meeting to ensure that EDP knows residents in the towns have repeatedly voted against new wind power projects in the area. Opponents to the projects say they are not against wind power, but the three projects proposed are in clear view of Newfound Lake and Cardigan Mountain hikers.
17 Jun 2014

Ibredrola abandons Wild Meadows wind farm, raising questions about future of wind power in N.H.

It is unfair to say the state’s political climate is not receptive to wind energy, Rep Rep. William Baber, a Dover Democrat, said. “I think the Legislature has sent a strong message that renewables are an important part of our future,” he said. “That doesn’t mean siting of the wind farms should be done without thoughtful oversight.”
29 May 2014

Wild Meadows: A wind farm withdrawn

None of these factors appeared to have killed the project, though. Iberdola’s inability to satisfy state concerns about its Groton Wind farm seems to have been the deciding factor, which is another reason to be thankful that the company is not building another wind farm nearby.
29 May 2014

Iberdrola abandons 72MW project over state dispute

The dispute over the Groton project concerned hearings by the state's site evaluation committee in which the fire marshal and other agencies said changes were made to the project outside of due process. As a result, the authorities have threatened to remove Iberdrola's operating certificate for the Groton project, which has been spinning since 2012.
28 May 2014

Coos County: Wind park road plan goes to pre-hearing

On March 12, citing the turbine failure, the company filed a motion to widen the access roads in the high-elevation areas to accommodate heavy equipment and stated "it is now apparent that the Mt. Kelsey turbines will require periodic maintenance and this maintenance necessitates a roadway wider than 12 feet."
30 Apr 2014
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