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There's a third wind farm in the works in the Newfound Lake Region. The zoning board and selectmen in Groton have voted to allow EDP to install a meteorological tower, which is one of many steps on the road toward proposing a wind farm.
Selectmen have formally declared their opposition to the Wild Meadows Wind Power Project, a proposed 37-turbine project along area ridges that the board says "endangers the financial foundation" of the tourism industry in the Newfound Lake-Mount Cardigan region.
The Newfound Lake Region Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term health and beauty of Newfound Lake, publicly stated its opposition Wednesday to a proposed 37-tower wind farm in three towns surrounding the lake.
The state assesses the value of the turbines at $61 million dollars, so Lempster knew that its taxes to the county and state would go up. But the town also knew it would have money coming in from Iberdrola. What it didn't realize was that the funding formula for the school it shares with neighboring Goshen is tied to property values. Now, because Lempter's assessed value is so much higher than Goshen's, Lempster pays a much bigger chunk of the school budget.
Cherion says it's going to be a long process to get the wind project approved, and Iberdrola will work with communities to minimize any impacts. Cherion: it's not likely that we can build or have the approval to build it if the town in general is not supportive of the project, we're not going to force it on you.
Group members say the loss of scenery has a financial cost in an area that relies heavily on tourist dollars. Property values in the area would also decline, they said. "New Hampshire's ridge lines are not renewable," said Denise Schneider, one of the group's organizers. "All of the beauty of our area would disappear."
About 70 people gathered Thursday night for the first meeting of the Newfound Lake Wind Watch, a group of residents trying to stop a proposed wind farm project. "This is going to completely trash our beautiful region of the state," said Jenny Tuthill from Alexandria, the town where the watch was formed.
After years of touting his "Pickens plan" for energy independence, and describing America as the "Saudi Arabia of wind," it appears billionaire energy mogul T. Boone Pickens may be wavering in his support of wind power. According to numerous US news outlets ...Pickens has sold off his entire stake in a long-delayed wind farm in Goodhue County, Minnesota.
Chairman Larry Stickney said although most residents in town may not have any financial interest in the project, they do have "intrinsic values" and an interest in the scenic nature of the town. "I've known Forbes Mountain all my life, and it's a landmark for the people who live here," Stickney said. "People feel there's an intrusion into their world with those big machines."
A conceptual proposal to erect a 4G cell tower and wind turbine at Hampton Beach sparked some interest with the town's Energy Committee but members say they want more information to decide whether or not the idea is full of hot air.
In the lawsuit, filed July 30, the residents ask that the Hillsborough County Superior Court find the board guilty of right-to-know violations and invalidate the PILOT agreement with Antrim Wind Energy.
Board member Martha Pinello said Antrim is in a unique situation because it is only the fourth town in the state to deal with developers building a wind farm, and it is the first of those towns that has specific land-use planning ordinances. The subdivision proposed by Antrim Wind Energy, a subsidiary of Eolian Renewable Energy, does not meet the regulations the planning board requires.
Thanks, but no thanks. Let's see how the already approved bird-blenders do before we green light the further carving up of New Hampshire's scenic landscape for inefficient power projects that scar the land, blight the views and kill the wildlife in the name of "green" energy.
Residents in Rumney opposed the project with a rash of concerns, including noise, loss of natural view and decreased property values, but their appeals were exhausted when the state Supreme Court did not take up the case. The Groton farm turbines will generate 48 megawatts of electricity. The power will go to the Boston area because the purchase agreement was acquired by NStar, now a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities.
Charles Levesque, Sarah VanderWende and Martha Pinello, three of the seven residents who claimed the negotiation meetings were illegal and should have been held publicly, are also on the town's planning board.
"The selectmen have been having illegal meetings with them for several years and we decided to call them out on it," resident Charles Levesque said Friday. "They are leaning toward signing this thing and it's based on illegal meetings, behind closed doors."
A new company experienced in renewable energy development and financing has taken over the Jericho wind project. The planning board Tuesday night approved amending its site plan approval for the project to reflect the change of ownership from Jericho Mountain Wind Company to Jericho Power, LLC.
Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables, has erected seven 200-foot-tall meteorological data collection towers – one on Grafton’s Melvin Mountain, two on Alexandria’s Forbes Mountain and four on Danbury’s Tinkham Hill. ...Grafton Selectboard Chairman Steve Darrow said he generally backs green energy but isn’t sold on the idea of turbines nearby.
Beihl said the discrepancy in height might be enough to get other towns involved in protesting the project. "One hundred feet will make a significant difference as to whether it pokes over the treetops or not," Beihl said of the turbines. "I think that's the issue, where they were hidden before, I don't think they are going to be hidden anymore."
The town planning board accelerated the drafting and voting process, holding the upcoming special town meeting in the hopes that the evaluation committee will take the ordinance into consideration for the Eolian project if it passes, Dubois said.