Articles from New Hampshire

Firm applies to build wind turbines in Danbury, Alexandria that could power 30,000 homes

"Newfound Lake communities have made it very clear to Iberdrola that yet another Newfound Region wind facility is not wanted," said New Hampshire Wind Watch leaders in a statement. "This has been clearly and overwhelmingly reflected in town votes and town meetings on this subject. ..."Given the possible suspension and or revocation of Iberdrola's existing Newfound Region's wind plant's operational certificate for several alleged safety violations, and given the tremendously negative response to their proposed second industrial installation we are astounded that they have elected to file."
18 Dec 2013

Evaluating the Site Evaluation Committee

This week the public has a chance to weigh in on the future of the state’s Site Evaluation Committee.  The SEC reviews major utility projects, including proposed wind farms and the Northern Pass project. The concerns of opponents of those projects prompted Governor Hassan to sign Senate Bill 99.
3 Dec 2013

Washington firm cautions investors about Northern Pass

"We caution investors that Northeast Utilities' Northern Pass transmission project, which would transport 1,200 megawatts of hydro power supplied by Hydro-Quebec from Canada into New England, likely faces significant delays and cost increases. Regulatory hurdles and substantial political headwinds will likely prevent the project from going into service before 2018, at the earliest with delays until 2019-2020 very possible as well."
25 Nov 2013

Wind-power foes object to forum sites

“It appears the venues chosen are in areas that are not impacted by industrial wind projects or Northern Pass. It would make sense to hold a meeting in an area like Newfound Lake that currently has one wind plant operational (to its north in Groton) and is facing three new proposals for industrial wind facilities, to include the potential for up to 100 40-50 story wind turbines, in addition to the existing 24 turbines.”
22 Nov 2013

Wild Meadows wind farm scaled back

“Iberdrola appears to say whatever is expedient at the moment,” said Wind Watch’s Nancy Watson. “They have on numerous occasions dating back to 2009 stated they will not install any industrial wind plant without community support. Then they show up in Alexandria (Tuesday) night, a town that rejected their proposed wind installation by a nearly 3-to-1 vote (at Town Meeting in March) and proceed to inform residents they are proceeding in spite of the overwhelming voter mandate to the contrary.”
8 Nov 2013

A tough crowd turns out for wind farm meeting in Alexandria

“I think you’re doing a marvelous job of telling us what’s right for you and your company,” said resident Jan Connor. “You’re just not telling us what’s right for us.” ...Others challenged Iberdrola’s stance that there is support in the area for the project. One resident called for a town vote on the issue. In March, residents voted 3-to-1 against the proposal on a ballot question.
7 Nov 2013

City sees drop in county tax as a result of wind farm valuation; Millsfield and Dixville pay significantly more

The city's share of the 2013 Coos County tax bill will drop by $129,230 because of the higher valuations assessed to the unincorporated places of Millsfield and Dixville. Millsfield's share of the county tax, however, will increase by $844,807 – from $32,138 to $876,945. Dixville's share of the county tax increases from just over half a percent to 1.8 percent or from $83,503 to $264,788.
6 Nov 2013

Northeast Utilities plans additional transmission to meet capacity needs

"We think that it is likely there will be significant additional transmission investment needed to maintain reliability and improve access to these clean, intermittent power sources," Lee Olivier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in an earnings call Friday. "But it is too early to estimate how much that additional investment will be and exactly when it will occur."
1 Nov 2013

Utility says it would bury power lines for project in Vermont

PSNH has maintained that running underground transmission lines would make Northern Pass economically unfeasible. But critics said TDI New England's proposal not only disproves that claim, but could place Northern Pass out of the bidding since New England Clean Power Link would provide comparable energy to the New England market — without the community and political opposition Northern Pass has engendered.
1 Nov 2013

AMC videos project route's visual impact

Holmes said the proposed line would abut their property. "This is my stand," he said. "If you don't stand up for what you believe in, where are we going?" Holmes said three real estate agents have informed him that "I couldn't get half what the property's worth just because of the threat of Northern Pass."
27 Oct 2013

On Birds and Windmills

Parrish expects further shifts in species populations in the coming years, including Bicknell’s thrush. “Neotropical migrants like Bicknell’s thrush have a strong site fidelity, so they will likely breed in the same place they’ve been before, regardless of how it may have changed,” he explained. “But we may well see changes in the next generation. The habitats adjacent to the turbines may be less preferable, so the birds may shift away from them. And as species that prefer edge habitat move in, like robins and other thrushes, that may increase competition and also cause them to move away.”
23 Oct 2013
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