Articles from New Hampshire
"The application is incomplete because it fails to provide sufficient information for the Water Division, the Division of Historical Resources and the Fire Marshal to satisfy the application requirements of each state agency, under state or federal law, to regulate any aspect of the construction or operation of the proposed facility. The application is also incomplete because it does not include the ongoing 2013 raptor survey and game camera study and the a clear identification of the legal relationship between the applicant and the property proposed to comprise the facility."
“Going back for some time, we have been making a point that the permitting process for large scale wind projects is not adequate,” said Jack Savage, a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. ..."At this point, because of a lack of comprehensive siting guidelines, it’s pretty much open season on New Hampshire’s landscape.”
Danbury selectmen on Wednesday adopted the results of a ballot question put to residents that showed 116 in favor to 249 against the project, with just under half of town residents voting. Selectmen in Alexandria officially adopted their residents' stance against the project Tuesday night.
The society's petition states that Wild Meadows does not serve the public good of the Newfound Lake-Cardingan Mountain area or of the state. "Iberdrola has signed a fifteen-year contract under which all of the energy generated by the Wild Meadows Wind Project will be sold to Massachusetts utilities, and all or most will be used to satisfy the requirements of the Renewable Portfolio Standard in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire. New Hampshire's landscapes are a critical part of our state identity and economy, and our permitting processes are inadequate."
The planning board gave its approval to a draft management plan for Mount Jasper that calls for protecting the special archaeological and geological values of the property while promoting its use for walking, snow-shoeing, rock climbing, and birding.
The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests filed a motion asking the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to suspend its review of the Wild Meadows project. "Now is not the time to push through an important project. It’s time to step back, wait for the process to be fixed and then move forward. We’re not objecting to the project itself."
The Appalachian Mountain Club publicly announced its opposition to the proposed Wild Meadows Wind Farm project planned for Danbury and Alexandria at a selectmen's meeting Tuesday night."We are completely opposed to Wild Meadows," said AMC Director of Research Kenneth Kimball.
Though residents and town leaders in Danbury and Alexandria are on record as strongly opposing the Wild Meadows wind farm project, the company behind the project says it will go forward.
I am offended and concerned at the thought of outside developers with seemingly unlimited resources, and quite selfish interests, dictating what our long established Zoning Ordinance and Districts should look like, and allow.
At a gathering Tuesday night of about 75 people from Alexandria and neighboring towns called by selectmen, one person spoke in favor of Wild Meadows, which Spanish wind giant Iberdrola Renewables wants to build in town and in neighboring Danbury. More than 20 residents spoke against the project.
With a majority of the residents opposing the development of a wind farm here, the Board of Selectmen concluded Tuesday night's meeting by agreeing to send a letter to Iberdrola Renewables, Inc., and to the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) stating their rejection of a proposed contract with the developer.
“(The Alexandria selectmen) want to hear your feelings about the specific agreement Iberdrola has proposed, so they can report to the Site Evaluation Committee not just about the vote from last year but reactions directly regarding the specific agreement sent to the town a few weeks ago.”
“Here’s where I think Northern Pass is today,” said Jack Savage, spokesman for the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests. “I would say the project is in jeopardy as long as Northern Pass and Hydro-Quebec refuse to look at more undergrounding of the proposed line.” ...The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee is pushing a bill that would direct the SEC to give preference to privately funded energy projects if they bury their transmission lines.
The SEC will be holding hearings on Rampino's legal brief and the claims of others, including the state fire marshal, that the company did not file the planned changes to its facility with the proper authority. Groton Wind did not submit new building, site and fire protection plans for to the state fire marshal prior to or during construction, according to state officials.
Talking Points: Society for the Protection of NH Forests
The Antrim decision means that Northern Pass “is not an automatic ‘yes’” says Amy Manzelli, who represented opponents of the wind farm. “I think that the SEC will be trying to answer the questions … and they will be willing to say no if the weight of the evidence shows that the answer is no.” The “questions” at play are numerous, from aesthetics to air and water quality to impacts on historic sites and what is termed “orderly development.” Antrim shows that the Northern Pass decision could hinge not just on the look and size of the towers, but the scenery that they pass through.
New Hampshire's House is starting the New Year with votes on legislation that would put limits on energy projects like wind turbines and Northern Pass. ...The committee also issued a split recommendation on a bill to establish a moratorium on wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects. A committee majority recommended killing the bill since the process to site projects is being reviewed. Supporters say a moratorium is needed until the state issues a comprehensive energy plan.
Cohen has since said Timbertop Wind does not plan to move forward with the New Ipswich and Temple site as a possible wind energy facility, believing that the company would be unable to gain acceptance at the local level.
Antrim resident Loranne Block, who has been a vocal critic of the plan since its inception, said that this warrant article is overly vague, and is lacking in protection for property values and changes to taxes. “They should have come up with a comprehensive article. Nothing’s laid out — no details. It’s a lot of destruction for a little production.”
"Newfound Lake communities have made it very clear to Iberdrola that yet another Newfound Region Wind Facility is not wanted ... Iberdrola is going back on its word that they would not try to site here if the people did not want them," officials of Wind Watch, a 2,000-member group, said. Iberdrola's existing wind farm in Groton is being investigated by state officials.