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Wind farm opponents speak in favor of moratorium

Those supporting the moratorium heavily outnumbered those opposed to the bill. Many traveled from northern parts of the state to explain why they think the wind turbines aren't a good fit for their communities. "When does a private company in search of profit have more rights than the private citizen who owns property in the state of New Hampshire?"
19 Feb 2013

State rejects Antrim wind project

"The committee deliberated for three full days after hearing more than 11 days of evidence and ultimately decided the project would cause an adverse effect to the aesthetics of the area primarily because of the visual impact," SEC attorney Michael Iacopino said. The project's nearness to the New Hampshire Audubon-held Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary played a part in the decision, as well as the opposition voiced both in testimony and written statements.
12 Feb 2013

SEC rules against Antrim wind farm

The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee rejected approval of a proposed 10-turbine wind project late Thursday, but the company behind Antrim Wind Energy said it is still considering the options following the highly anticipated ruling.
8 Feb 2013

Wind critics gather for talk

"Let's just pose the question, can wind power make a substantial contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions?" Luce told the assembled crowd. "This is my answer: in the mid-west, maybe. In the Eastern US absolutely not, the wind resource is just not here. Except if off-shore wind turns out to be economically, technically, environmentally feasible."
19 Jan 2013

Group opposing wind projects offers information

A group opposing several wind power project proposals in the Lakes Region will host a public meeting tonight featuring a pro-wind power speaker who doesn't think the proposed farms, or any wind farms, make sense in the mountains of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Wind Watch will host "Issues with Wind Power in New England," a presentation by Benjamin Luce.
18 Jan 2013

Jericho Mountain wind farm proposal wins approval

Both boards last week amended their original approvals to allow Jericho Power to put up three turbines at a total height, including blades, of 500 feet. The approvals require Jericho Power to execute a decommissioning plan that will include removal of the towers, foundations, and utilities and returning the site to pre-existing conditions should the project cease.
14 Jan 2013

Grafton meets to talk wind farm

Several basic issues, though, such as a fear of declining property values, concerns about the aesthetic impact of turbines proposed to be 472 feet high and worries that the town doesn't really have a say in whether the project moves forward, continually pushed to the forefront of the conversation. "We've been living it every day since the project was announced," said Sean Frost, who, unlike his mother, said his mind is firmly made up. "If the people don't have a voice in an issue of this magnitude, that's a problem."
13 Jan 2013

Tracking NH's relationship with wind energy

Hundreds of residents at various meetings have expressed opposition to the wind turbines, he said. "They're ruining the aesthetics of the area here with these wind mills. The only thing they're benefiting is some foreign company to come in here" and hurt the views, Reilly said. "It's not giving New Hampshire anything but a headache."
6 Jan 2013

Wind farm developer asks state to take over case

Ed Dekker, member of the New Ipswich Planning Board, said Timbertop's move to bypass the towns is intended to thwart the will of the people who voted overwhelmingly to pass tight restrictions on wind farms in their communities. "The will of the people of New Ipswich was made clear by their votes, and it's inappropriate for the state to override the people of New Ipswich," Dekker said.
3 Jan 2013

Wind plan bypasses towns

Jurisdiction over a proposed five-turbine wind project may bypass the towns' review process and come under the state's purview. Timbertop Wind, a subsidiary of Austin, Texas-based Pioneer Green, submitted its plans to the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee on Dec. 21, asking the state's review board for large-scale energy projects to take the case.
31 Dec 2012

Decision date set for wind farm

A state government committee will decide in February the future of a proposed wind farm in the northwest part of town. Antrim Wind Energy LLC, a subsidiary of Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy wants to build 10 wind turbines on private land near Tuttle Hill and Willard Mountain.
26 Dec 2012

Third wind farm proposed in Newfound Lake region

Potential harms to tourism and the environment outweigh energy benefits because wind farms are not very efficient, said Tuthill, of New Hampshire Wind Watch. The turbines, which are more than 400 feet tall, can cause a decline in property values and may deter tourists who come to the region for its natural beauty, she said.
19 Dec 2012

NH's Newfound Lake Region Association advocates for State-wide moratorium on commercial wind farm projects

First and most urgently, NLRA will reach out to our political representatives to advocate for a State-wide moratorium on commercial wind farm projects until the 2002 NH Energy Plan has been updated and the Site Evaluation Committee review and approval criteria revised. The Senate filing deadline is December 21, 2012.
17 Dec 2012

Efficiency cutting New England power use, costs

Nationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
13 Dec 2012
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