Articles from New Hampshire

3 NH towns vote for local control over wind farm projects

Members of New Hampshire Wind Watch and the Citizens of Alexandria Rights Effort say town elections in Newfound Lake-Cardigan Mountain-area towns show that residents don’t want wind farms in the scenic, tourist-dependent area. “These are solid results and should send a strong message that once again, our region has made it clear, it does not want any more industrial wind projects,” said Lori Lerner, president of Wind Watch.
13 Mar 2014

AMC objects to proposed test tower in Cardigan Mountain area

The Appalachian Mountain Club has come out against a proposed second wind-power project in the Newfound Lake-Cardigan Mountain area, saying it would "without question dominate and negatively impact" Cardigan and its views. The AMC is opposing a $140 million proposal by EDP Renewables of Portugal for a 60-megawatt, 15- to 25-turbine wind-energy project that would be built on a single landowner's leased property in the towns of Groton, Alexandria, Hebron and Orange.
13 Mar 2014

Voters kill wind petition

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.”
12 Mar 2014

Portuguese firm's wind-speed tower request creates concern

If Spruce Ridge is built on the northern and eastern edges of Newfound lake, and the Wild Meadows wind farm — proposed by a Spanish developer — is built near the south and eastern end, one of the state’s most beautiful lakes will become a “wind farm sandwich” with noisy, 500-foot lighted towers, opponents say. “It’s a continuation of the march of the turbines,” said Jennifer Tuthill of Alexandria
10 Mar 2014

Developer’s wind petition unwise

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.
4 Mar 2014

Town library, wind farm zoning are top Ashland items

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.
28 Feb 2014

Coos wind park case could affect tax bills statewide

The Coos County commissioners took their concerns about the wind park and its spike in equalized valuation and taxes in two unincorporated places before the N.H. Supreme Court last week in a case that could have statewide ramifications. The commissioners are appealing the July decision by the New Hampshire Board of Tax and Land Appeals that upheld the total equalized valuation set by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration for the unincorporated places of Millsfield and Dixville.
26 Feb 2014

Wind farm firm puts application on hold to address safety issues at Groton site

The Spanish wind-energy company seeking to build a 75.9-megawatt wind farm in Alexandria and Danbury has "paused" its application to the state to focus on its existing wind farm in Groton. Meanwhile, the state's Site Evaluation Committee set a schedule of hearings that could result in suspension of the operation license for the company's Groton Wind development.
23 Feb 2014

NH's Wild Meadows wind plan paused as company works on issues at another site

A proposal for a 23-turbine wind farm in central New Hampshire is on hold as the project developer addresses issues at another wind plant it operates. In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, Iberdrola Renewals said it will "pause" the Wild Meadows project in Danbury and Alexandria while it works on outstanding issues at a 24-turbine farm in Groton.
21 Feb 2014

Groton resident settles with wind farm company

The former Boston police officer who was seeking legal relief from Iberdrola Renewables after the company built its operations and maintenance building too close to his home for his comfort has settled with the company. The details of the settlement were not disclosed by Rampino or his lawyer, Justin Richardson, and Iberdrola officials did not return calls Wednesday.
20 Feb 2014

Energy developers critical, Environmentalists hopeful on SEC reform

The SEC’s vice-chair, PUC chairwoman Amy Ignatius, told lawmakers, “what used to work as an ad-hoc grouping that would come together for a particular project, now really is becoming overwhelming. The state’s four largest environmental groups presented a united front in favor of the proposal, but stressed that they considered it a work in progress.
19 Feb 2014
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