Wind Energy http://nhpr.org en Weighing Wind Power http://nhpr.org/post/weighing-wind-power <p>When one of country’s first wind farms came to Crotched Mountain New Hampshire in 1980, wind power seemed an environmental “no-brainer”: a pollution-free renewable energy source. &nbsp;&nbsp;Although the project only lasted a year, it was considered a success for the future of wind development. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:18 +0000 The Exchange 45601 at http://nhpr.org Weighing Wind Power N.H. Senate Set To Vote On Bevy of Energy Bills http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senate-set-vote-bevy-energy-bills <p>Lawmakers in the Senate are scheduled to take up a series of much-anticipated energy bills today. There are four energy bills on the docket today, three of which are responses to controversial energy projects.</p><p>One would create state-owned rights of way for any new transmission line not needed to keep the lights on as determined by the regional grid operator. If passed developers would have to bury power lines, unless they could prove that isn’t feasible.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44986 at http://nhpr.org No Decision On Groton Wind Farm Certificate Until December http://nhpr.org/post/no-decision-groton-wind-farm-certificate-until-december <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It will be almost another year before state regulators decide whether to revoke the certificate of a 24 turbine wind farm in Groton.</span></p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:15:09 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 42732 at http://nhpr.org No Decision On Groton Wind Farm Certificate Until December N.H. House To Take Up Wind, Transmission Moratorium http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-take-wind-transmission-moratorium <p></p><p>Wednesday the New Hampshire House of Representatives will take up a bill proposing a moratorium on wind turbines and electric transmission projects.</p><p>The Science, Technology, and Energy Committee voted 13 to 6 to recommend killing this bill, which failed to make it to the House floor last year, but the politics surrounding wind farms and Northern Pass have become volatile.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 42210 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House To Take Up Wind, Transmission Moratorium Wind Developer Iberdrola Will Sell Energy To Mass. Utilities http://nhpr.org/post/wind-developer-iberdrola-will-sell-energy-mass-utilities <p></p><p>Wind power developer Iberdrola Renewables has signed a contract to sell power to four Massachusetts utilities, and has included in that contract a proposed wind farm in New Hampshire that has yet to submit its application for construction.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:24:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 36350 at http://nhpr.org Wind Developer Iberdrola Will Sell Energy To Mass. Utilities Wind Moratorium Will Get A Vote On Senate Floor http://nhpr.org/post/wind-moratorium-will-get-vote-senate-floor <p></p><p></p><p>Opponents of Wind Farms and of Northern Pass are backing an effort to explicitly require the state’s Site Evaluation Committee to consider effects on view sheds, home values, opinions of town governments and other factors, when permitting new energy projects.</p><p>One bill also includes an amendment that tacks on a one year moratorium on new projects while these changes are implemented.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:48:20 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 24040 at http://nhpr.org Wind Moratorium Will Get A Vote On Senate Floor Newfound Voters Reject Wind Farms http://nhpr.org/post/newfound-voters-reject-wind-farms <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s town meeting season. Around Newfound Lake Several towns are contemplating non-binding resolutions to take the pulse of voters on the question of wind-farms.</span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 03:54:10 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 23585 at http://nhpr.org Newfound Voters Reject Wind Farms Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region http://nhpr.org/post/another-wind-farm-eyes-lakes-region <p>A group that opposes wind development in New Hampshire says another wind farm is in the works for New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Members of <a href="http://www.nhwindwatch.org/">New Hampshire Wind Watch</a> say that a subsidiary of a German company, called <a href="http://www.juwinorthamerica.com/about_us.html">Juwi Wind</a>, has signed a lease for 1,300 acres of land Groton, for the purpose of building a wind farm. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:46:52 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 23225 at http://nhpr.org Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region Wind Moratorium Won't Make It Out Of Committee http://nhpr.org/post/wind-moratorium-wont-make-it-out-committee <p></p><p></p><p>New Hampshire’s legislature will not put a moratorium on new wind projects... at least not now.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today a house committee voted to work on the bill over the summer.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several members of the Science, Technology and Energy committee, like Meredith Republican Herbert </span>Vadney<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, indicated support for a moratorium, because of the controversy bubbling around Newfound Lake. </span></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 21:29:47 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 23125 at http://nhpr.org Wind Moratorium Won't Make It Out Of Committee Antrim Wind Farm Gets Thumbs Down From SEC http://nhpr.org/post/antrim-wind-farm-gets-thumbs-down-sec <p></p><p>For the first time New Hampshire has rejected an application to construct a wind farm. The Site Evaluation Committee, which decides whether or not new power plants and transmission projects can be built, has rejected Eolian&nbsp;Energy’s 10 turbine Antrim project.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 15:39:05 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 21731 at http://nhpr.org Antrim Wind Farm Gets Thumbs Down From SEC Third Wind Farm In The Works For Newfound Lake http://nhpr.org/post/third-wind-farm-works-newfound-lake <p>There’s a third wind farm in the works in the Newfound Lake Region. Portuguese Wind company EDP renewables is studying wind potential in the towns of Groton and Alexandria. The zoning board and selectmen in Groton have voted to allow EDP to install a meteorological tower, which is one of many steps on the road toward proposing a wind farm.</p><p>Bob Piehler – part of a group of activists from around Newfound lake opposes any new wind project in the region – says EDP showed a mockup of where the potential turbines could be placed.</p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:17:17 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 17753 at http://nhpr.org Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State http://nhpr.org/post/wind-power-takes-new-turn-granite-state <p>A proposed wind farm in the Newfound lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampsire:&nbsp; A desire for the Granite state to use more clean energy, versus local concerns over property values, as well as impacts on the environment and tourism.&nbsp; We’ll re-examine these arguments in light of this new proposal.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 17558 at http://nhpr.org Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State Newfound Lake Group Opposes Grafton Wind Project http://nhpr.org/post/newfound-lake-group-opposes-grafton-wind-project <p>The <a href="http://www.newfoundlake.org/">Newfound Lake Region Association</a> is adding its voice to those opposing a new wind farm. As proposed, the <a href="http://www.newfoundlake.org/">Wild Meadows Wind Power Project</a> would include 37 turbines spaced out over six-thousand acres leased in Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton.&nbsp; At the blades’ peak, the towers would be 400-feet tall.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:44:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 17381 at http://nhpr.org Newfound Lake Group Opposes Grafton Wind Project Lessons From Lempster: Town Has Found Wind Farm To Be Neither Blessing Nor Curse http://nhpr.org/post/lessons-lempster-town-has-found-wind-farm-be-neither-blessing-nor-curse <p></p><p>The towns of Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton are weighing if they want a 36 turbine wind farm along their ridgelines.</p><p>It’s a contentious decision the town of Lempster approved in 2007. That project has been operating for four years, and it's the closest thing New Hampshire has to an analog for the decision these three towns are now facing.</p><p>When representatives from the Spanish energy company <a href="http://www.iberdrolarenewables.us/">Iberdrola Renewables &nbsp;</a>meet with people in Alexandria, Grafton and Danbury, it gets pretty heated.</p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:55:01 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 17198 at http://nhpr.org Lessons From Lempster: Town Has Found Wind Farm To Be Neither Blessing Nor Curse