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ANTRIM NH -- Nearly a decade after Antrim residents first heard the first proposal to put wind turbines on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain, ground is being broken on the project next week.
It’s unfortunate that wind energy has ever risen in energy discussions, because it suffers a serious, fundamental and likely insoluble problem. This problem is sufficiently serious as to question whether wind energy should ever be considered to contribute meaningful electrical energy to New Hampshire.
CONCORD — Intervenors to the Antrim Wind Energy project want the Site Evaluation Committee to suspend the construction certificate it approved for the project.
Antrim select board members voted to adopt changes to amendments made to the 2012 Town Agreement with Antrim Wind Energy during a public hearing on Monday night.
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The board estimates it has spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000 in legal fees since the wind energy project was proposed in 2009. ...“With these changes and stuff, all of this is going to be even more legal costs, so the bills are going to continue to rise,” Genest said. “And throughout this whole process and the next 20 years I’m sure there are going to be a few more legal costs.”
There was no time-frame yet for EDP to return to the communities, said Nemeth, who downplayed the significance of what opponents said was Spruce Ridge’s demise when it was taken out of the ISO-NE queue. ...“There is not a community here that wants their 500-foot turbines,” said Goodman, who wondered why EDP Renewables would “voluntarily start over again on a wind plant that has been resoundingly rejected by voters.
The withdrawal of the project, known as Spruce Ridge Wind, marks a victory for environmental groups and wind-power opponents who felt the project threatened the aesthetic value and wildlife on the mountain, a popular hiking spot.
Antrim residents struck down an article that would have authorized the select board to acquire a 100 acre conservation easement as part of the Antrim Wind Energy agreement.
At Tuesday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting, it was announced that EDP had withdrawn a financial commitment — a bond — for a meteorological tower in Alexandria, which was planned to help the company decide if it should continue with the project, company officials said.
ANTRIM NH -- Antrim select board members agreed to ask Antrim Wind Energy for a one-time payment of $100,000 to recover any legal and administrative costs it has spent since the inception of a nine turbine wind project slated to be built on Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain during a meeting on Monday night.
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.
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."
“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.”
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.
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.