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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.
Dixville Capital’s attorney is working out an safety plan to address the board’s concern about ice throw and other potential hazards around the Granite Reliable wind towers (owned by Brookfield Power) in the expanded high-elevation ski area, based on an engineer’s report, board attorney Bernie Waugh reported.
Town officials say the battle likely isn’t over, but the selectmen Tuesday night formally refused to approve a permit request from a Portuguese wind-power developer for a 262-foot meteorological tower to test the winds in town for wind-farm suitability.
The new ordinance, if passed, gives approval to all projects providing residential power and requires a minor site plan review for business and commercial applications. Commercial wind farms will not be permitted in any district under the new ordinance.
Too often we’ve seen towns taken by surprise by developers seeking to locate alternative energy projects and, without the guidance of ordinances that address them, those plans can run counter to the wishes of a community. The public hearing process is a chance for voters to offer input on the future of alternative energy systems in town ahead of voting in March. We hope residents will take notice of this opportunity and use it wisely.
The Town of Groton in New Hampshire adopted this ordinance to govern the siting of wind energy facilities up to 30 mwgawatts in size. The State of New Hampshire is responsible for siting projects that are 30 MWs and larger. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee reviews larger energy projects.
“EDP’s industrial complex spanning five towns has been overwhelmingly rejected by the voters of all towns except Canaan, which has yet to vote. The signal is clear. The message is simple. Your 50-story turbines are not wanted here, not now, not ever.”
EDP renewables, a company based in Portugal, has proposed a 29-turbine wind farm for five towns in the Newfound region. So for many in that area town meeting season is an opportunity to express their opposition to wind farms.
After hearing an hour-long, spirited debate among about 60 residents at their meeting Tuesday night, the selectmen voted to grant a Portuguese wind-power developer a permit to build an 80-meter meteorological tower in town.
A Portuguese wind-energy developer is asking a Grafton County judge to order Alexandria’s selectmen to grant it a building permit for a 262-foot meteorological tower.
The establishment of the RBO was in response to proposed wind-energy projects in the area that are, at present, licensed by the state’s Site Evaluation Committee, leaving local communities with little input into the projects’ outcome. RBO backers want a say in the decision to grant a permit for a meteorological tower to EDP Renewables of Portugal.
Deane said Public Service of New Hampshire has agreed to accept about 12 megawatts from Jericho Power, which means that only five of the six turbines, may be built. He said that Jericho Power and the City of Berlin have had “a conversation back and forth” trying to negotiate a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement and are continuing to work on it.
State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators will be at the 24-turbine Groton Wind LLC energy plant on Wednesday morning, inspecting the reported progress made by the plant owners to meet state building and safety requirements and avoid a threatened shutdown. Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office announced that it may have reached agreement with Groton Wind over the improper siting of its operations and maintenance building.
Voters in Danbury overwhelmingly supported four petition warrant articles that discourage or block industrial wind energy projects in their town at Tuesday’s annual meeting. “This is a silent revolution sweeping the United States,” said petitioner Jody Troiano. “Little towns like Danbury and Alexandria and Hebron that are trying to fight industry from coming into their towns and destroying the beauty, the rural way of life, whatever it may be.”
With a 390 to 278 vote, Antrim residents turned down the proposed zoning amendment to allow for the construction of commercial wind farms. ...“I’m really grateful to the town, to come through and protect the town’s interest,” Sarah Gorman of Antrim said in an interview Wednesday. “I’m not gloating, I’m optimistic. The intent of the zoning is saved.”
We’d urge Antrim voters, regardless of how they feel about this project, to turn down the proposed amendment. Using the petition warrant article option to try to push through a developer-written plan that’s not approved by the Planning Board is not the way to go. Antrim can do better.
Residents will also vote on a zoning ordinance regarding large wind power developments in town ...It is based on zoning in Temple and other towns in the state, zoning laws that have given other towns a say in large energy projects. The ordinance includes specific sizes and limits on projects, and requires in-depth studies of the effects of projects on the town, as well as thorough studies of decommissioning costs.
A number of Newfound Lake area towns will take up wind farm warrant articles. At present, there is one wind farm being proposed for Alexandria and Danbury by Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables. Another for the towns of Groton, Alexandria, Hebron and Orange has come from Portuguese company EDP Renewables.
While going through his list of concerns, Levesque addressed the two districts in question with this ordinance. He said the purpose of the rural conservation district is to protect the mountain area of the town. The town has 11 mountains and hills within its rural conservation district, including Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain. Levesque said the proposed ordinance does not amend the purpose of this district in a way that would allow the construction of wind farms.
As a result of the meeting, the board changed the language of the proposal. "The board does not wish to regulate the mom and pop' backyard residential variety, nor do we wish to take over the job of the SEC. We are strictly looking for the citizens of Columbia to have an input." The proposed warrant article now reads that "no commercial wind turbines or test towers to determine suitability of terrain for development of wind turbines shall be sited, constructed, installed or operated in the Town of Columbia."