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Renewable energy mandates are costly

Recently the New Hampshire Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources amended Senate bill 99, placing a moratorium on new wind electricity generation projects for one year. That's a nice start, but it doesn't go quite far enough. What's needed is a repeal of the New Hampshire renewable portfolio standard mandate. Why? Because ratepayers are being forced to buy extremely expensive electricity when cheaper alternatives are available.
26 Mar 2013

Wind moratorium will get a vote on senate floor

After a long day of testimony, Senator Bradley introduced an amendment that stripped the language having to do with transmission lines out of the bill and replaced it with a one year moratorium only on new wind farms. The bill would create a committee to study and recommend updates to the siting rules for wind farms.
20 Mar 2013

Delay worries windfarm opponents in Bristol

The chief sponsor of HB 580 said he and his fellow lawmakers on the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee chose to "retain" the bill because the legislation wasn't prepared well enough to withstand a debate on the House floor. ...Reilly said he is confident HB 580 will be brought before the full House for a vote.
7 Mar 2013

Wind farms inspire email blast to NH lawmakers

HB 580, sponsored by Rep. Harold "Skip" Reilly Sr., R-Grafton County District 8, and co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Forrester, R-Belknap District 2 calls for a moratorium on commercial wind projects until the state issues a new comprehensive energy plan. "I am not exaggerating, I received more than 1,000 emails in the past few days from people in favor of the moratorium," Reilly said. "I think, since I sponsored the bill, I've had six or eight people write to me who are opposed to it."
5 Mar 2013

Wind moratorium won't make it out of committee

While wind opponents were frustrated today, the committee's vote sets the stage for an omnibus bill to come forward next session to reform how the Site Evaluation Committee makes its decisions ...In the meantime the lawmakers have sent a letter to the Site Evaluation Committee, which decides whether to approve new energy projects, asking them to update and rewrite the rules on wind farm permitting, to make the process more comprehensive.
5 Mar 2013

Hey NH Sierra Club: Stop sucking the wind-pipe!

You'd think Sierra Club would know all too well that sustainable means more than just non-fossil fuels; it means workable, realistic and supporting local community over big global corporations. Apparently Sierra Club forgot about that part of the concept of renewable energy development; that sustainable means community supported and community supporting.
20 Feb 2013

Wind farm opponents: Slow down

"The NLRA believes that the state should enact a moratorium on all pending and proposed commercial wind projects until a comprehensive energy plan can be prepared to guide state energy policy toward a more carbon-free, cost-effective, locally produced, and high-efficiency energy environment which does not sacrifice the quality of life that supports our economy."
18 Feb 2013

Northern Pass seen as focus of five bills

"Recently we have seen a number of proposals for new energy facilities, specifically wind farms and transmission lines, that will have an important and lasting impact on our state," Arnold said. Arnold said the Legislature should act quickly on a bill giving the SEC a broad range of authority in considering proposed facilities.
13 Feb 2013

NH moratorium in order for energy projects

Sustainability is not, or should not be, a political issue. Real conservatives recognize the need to husband resources and live within their means. Real progressives understand the cannibalizing of nature can only lead to "death by a thousand cuts." These truths are relevant to the current gold rush by energy corporations to cover New Hampshire's landscape with long-distance, high-voltage power lines and wind farms.
10 Feb 2013

RGGI cap reduction plan criticized

Grant Bosse, the editor of New Hampshire Watchdog, said the move by RGGI has little to do with lowering carbon emissions. He said the economic collapse and slow recovery meant fewer emissions, fewer producers purchasing permits, which meant a loss of projected revenue for the nine states. "This has everything to do with revenues and nothing to do with the environment. This is driven by a desire for more state revenue."
8 Feb 2013

Windfarm expert: NH will see little benefit from projects

Luce said Northeast states are being sought out by wind-power developers looking to capitalize on old and inadequate renewable energy standards. "These are simplistic standards that are grossly slanted toward large, stealth wind-power projects like the ones proposed here," said Luce, who was the guest speaker of New Hampshire Wind Watch at Newfound Memorial High School.
21 Jan 2013

Borden to help craft energy plan; Rep. will lead New Hampshire committee

State Rep. David Borden, D-New Castle, said key among them will be working to formulate a new 10-year energy plan for New Hampshire. Also on the committee's horizon are bills to revamp the state's involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, establishing a moratorium on wind turbines, strengthening the state's renewable energy portfolio standards and banning ethanol in gasoline.
8 Jan 2013

Legislator wants halt to more wind farms

"When they came up with the energy plan, they were dealing mostly with natural gas and other forms of alternative energy," he said. "It's time now to re-evaluate where we are going and come up with a comprehensive energy plan." The bill is in response to proposed wind-power projects in the Newfound Lake/Mount Cardigan area.
20 Dec 2012
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