Articles from New Hampshire
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.
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.
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.”
For the second year in a row, voters in the Newfound region have used town-meeting day to voice their disapproval of proposed wind development in the area. Ordinances and resolutions restricting wind development passed by wide margins. Alexandria, Danbury, Hebron and Ashland all passed wind related warrant articles by as much as five to one.
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
The troubles surrounding the Groton Wind Farm all started in the front yard of a retired Boston Police officer named Mario Rampino. The Operations and Maintenance Building for Groton Wind towers over his house on a hill across the road. It looks like a warehouse, surrounded with tall chain-link fences topped with barbed wire.
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.
"There's a lot of things happening at once here and it can look a little chaotic out there, but eventually something is going to happen. And it's going to be good," he said in a phone interview Friday.
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.
The 12 long-term wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) equal an impressive 409 MW from three projects in Maine and New Hampshire; however, due to issues regarding three other wind farms, the deals still represent 156 MW less than what Massachusetts' utility companies had originally proposed last year.
Because of delays, Iberdrola Renewables must submit a new application for its Wild Meadows wind farm proposal, but there is no time limit on when it must do so. ...On Friday, Iberdrola announced that it has “paused” its application to the state to focus on its existing wind farm in Groton.
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.
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.
The Spanish wind-energy company that asked the state to consider its 75.9-megawatt, 23-turbine Wild Meadows wind farm in Alexandria and Danbury has "paused" its application to focus on its existing wind farm in Groton.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the real cost of wind power? For New Hampshire, it’s nearly $10 million in handouts to big business. They paid that much money in 2012 so that multi-national corporations could experiment with wind power on the taxpayer dime — and yet more than $4 million of that money wound up going to companies in other states.
Citizens must have faith that their voices are heard in the Site Evaluation Committee decision-making process. This is a fundamental requirement, and the perception today is that the current siting process does not provide the public with that assurance.