Wind Farms http://nhpr.org en Tiny Millsfield: 'Collateral Damage' In A Fight Over Wind Farm Taxes http://nhpr.org/post/tiny-millsfield-collateral-damage-fight-over-wind-farm-taxes <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">It would be easy to miss</span><span class="apple-converted-space" style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;"> </span><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 15.75pt;">Millsfield. The unincorporated place in the North Country is home to 10 households, many of which are tucked away in the woods, and just two businesses, a bed and breakfast called A Peace of Heaven and the Log Haven restaurant.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Chris Jensen 48889 at http://nhpr.org Tiny Millsfield: 'Collateral Damage' In A Fight Over Wind Farm Taxes Tension And Suspicion Between Wind Farm Host Towns And Neighbors http://nhpr.org/post/tension-and-suspicion-between-wind-farm-host-towns-and-neighbors <p></p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t town meeting this year, a handful of towns in the Newfound Lake region, and elsewhere, will take up questions related to wind farms. Many of these articles highlight the tensions between neighboring towns when one hosts a wind farm and its tax benefits, and the other just has to look at it. This dynamic often plays out in small town politics that may come to a head on town meeting day.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44660 at http://nhpr.org Tension And Suspicion Between Wind Farm Host Towns And Neighbors Energy Developers Critical, Environmentalists Hopeful On SEC Reform http://nhpr.org/post/energy-developers-critical-environmentalists-hopeful-sec-reform <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s energy community turned out at a Senate hearing on Wednesday to react to a senate bill proposing changes to the Site Evaluation Committee, which approves power plants. The proposed changes include shrinking the SEC to five members, including two public representatives, hiring dedicated support staff, and requiring projects have a net public benefit.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 43831 at http://nhpr.org Energy Developers Critical, Environmentalists Hopeful On SEC Reform House Kills Proposed Moratorium On Wind Farms, Transmission Line Projects http://nhpr.org/post/house-kills-proposed-moratorium-wind-farms-transmission-line-projects <p></p><p>The state’s House of Representatives has voted 194-148 to kill a bill that would have established a moratorium on wind farms and new transmission line projects, including Northern Pass.</p><p></p><p>This vote fell along party lines, with Democrats largely voting against blocking all projects, and Republicans, like Skip Reilly of Hill arguing that now is the time to wait -- for the state to complete its forthcoming energy plan.</p><p>"Remember we are elected by our constituents to serve them, not some power company."</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:18:53 +0000 Josh Rogers 42639 at http://nhpr.org House Kills Proposed Moratorium On Wind Farms, Transmission Line Projects Wild Meadows Wind Farm Submits Application For Construction http://nhpr.org/post/wild-meadows-wind-farm-submits-application-construction <p></p><p>After a year of redesigns, the Wild Meadows Wind Farm has submitted its state application to be built in the towns of Alexandria and Danbury. But in the past 18 months, the ground has shifted dramatically beneath the feet of the industry in New Hampshire, these days uncertain winds swirl around the proposal.</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:42:26 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 40233 at http://nhpr.org Wild Meadows Wind Farm Submits Application For Construction 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 Lawmakers Want To Reshape Energy Permitting In N.H. http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-want-reshape-energy-permitting-nh <p></p><p></p><p>Proposed energy projects are causing a stir among New Hampshire lawmakers. Lawmakers will consider a raft of bills that would change how the state considers and approves such installations. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 19178 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Want To Reshape Energy Permitting In N.H. Anti-Wind Group Getting Organized http://nhpr.org/post/anti-wind-group-getting-organized <p></p><p>Opponents of proposed wind farms in the Newfound Lake region are getting organized.&nbsp;They hope that they’re forming the foundation of a state-wide anti-wind effort. Newfound Lake Wind Watch has changed its name to New Hampshire Wind Watch: it has <a href="http://www.nhwindwatch.org/">a new website</a>, work committees, petitions and letter writing campaigns.</p><p></p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:40:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 18214 at http://nhpr.org Anti-Wind Group Getting Organized 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