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(NH) Wind Watch members will be at the meeting to ensure that EDP knows residents in the towns have repeatedly voted against new wind power projects in the area. Opponents to the projects say they are not against wind power, but the three projects proposed are in clear view of Newfound Lake and Cardigan Mountain hikers.
Opponents of proposed wind farms in the Newfound Lake-Cardigan Mountain region will be holding victory parties next weekend because Iberdrola Renewables has withdrawn from its proposed $150 million Wild Meadows wind farm proposal.
It is unfair to say the state’s political climate is not receptive to wind energy, Rep Rep. William Baber, a Dover Democrat, said. “I think the Legislature has sent a strong message that renewables are an important part of our future,” he said. “That doesn’t mean siting of the wind farms should be done without thoughtful oversight.”
None of these factors appeared to have killed the project, though. Iberdola’s inability to satisfy state concerns about its Groton Wind farm seems to have been the deciding factor, which is another reason to be thankful that the company is not building another wind farm nearby.
The dispute over the Groton project concerned hearings by the state's site evaluation committee in which the fire marshal and other agencies said changes were made to the project outside of due process. As a result, the authorities have threatened to remove Iberdrola's operating certificate for the Groton project, which has been spinning since 2012.
Spanish wind-energy giant Iberdrola Renewables said Tuesday it is abandoning efforts to build the Wild Meadows wind farm in the Newfound Lake/Cardigan Mountain area.
A proposal for a 23-turbine wind farm in central New Hampshire is dead because of an unfavorable political and regulatory climate in the state, the project's developer said Tuesday.
On March 12, citing the turbine failure, the company filed a motion to widen the access roads in the high-elevation areas to accommodate heavy equipment and stated "it is now apparent that the Mt. Kelsey turbines will require periodic maintenance and this maintenance necessitates a roadway wider than 12 feet."
And Senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Roth said Monday he wants the company to move its warehouse-sized operations and maintenance building at the top of Groton Hollow Road across the road from where it sits, despite the contention by Groton Wind and its parent company, Iberdrola Renewables of Spain, that the company could not build on that site.
The town’s three selectmen have notified the state’s Site Evaluation Committee that Iberdrola Renewables misrepresented the amount of support shown by area towns, particularly Alexandria, in Iberdrola’s application for its proposed $150 million Wild Meadows wind farm.
A company with interest in Newfound Lake-area lands for a wind farm has pulled out of its lease agreements with a landowner with property in Alexandria, Groton and Hebron. Alpine Ridge Wind Farm, LLC, a Delaware limited-liability company headquartered in Boulder, Colo., filed documents last month titled “Termination of Lease and Easement Agreement for Wind Energy Project.”
A Lakes Region legislator wants state officials to close the 24-turbine Groton Wind power facility, saying the Site Evaluation Committee should order the plant’s owner, Iberdrola Renewables of Spain, to “cease operations.”
“There may be a place for wind in New Hampshire,” said Rep. Suzanne Smith, a Hebron Democrat who said she has heard complaints from her constituents about the whirring sounds and vibrations of the turbines. But without the criteria, it is creating “frustrated residents, dissatisfied developers and an overworked SEC.”
MILLSFIELD — The state Site Evaluation Committee will meet in Littleton Monday, April 7, to consider amending one of the conditions in its certificate of site for the Granite Reliable Power wind farm. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Littleton Opera House.
Danbury voters OK’d an article designed to protect residents from one of the primary fears voiced by opponents of proposed wind power projects in the Lakes Region — a potential loss of property values from a 500-foot wind tower built nearby.
Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said SB 281 provides the state Site Evaluation Committee with criteria for siting wind turbines to “protect those who may be negatively impacted." "This language will give guidance to the SEC overall above and beyond” broader legislation that was passed last year.
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.
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