Environment
4:18 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Wind Developer Puts Newfound Project "On Hold"

This Novemeber file photo was taken during a tour of the Iberdrola Wind Farm in Groton.
This Novemeber file photo was taken during a tour of the Iberdrola Wind Farm in Groton.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

The developer of the proposed 23-turbine Wild Meadows wind farm has announced that it will put the project on hold. Iberdrola Renewables says it will focus its resources on resolving disputes around another wind farm in Groton.

“We don’t have a specific time table” said Paul Copelman, Iberdrola Spokesman, explaining that the application that is currently pending will have to be resubmitted.  

He insists the decision to put the new wind farm on hold has nothing to do with the fact that state regulators found the application to build the Wild Meadows wind farm in the towns of Alexandria and Danbury to be incomplete. Copelman says the move is entirely due to a dispute involving the 24-turbine Groton wind farm, which has been online for over a year.

“Even though we’ve made significant progress resolving some of those issues, those are pressing responsibilities,” said Copelman in a phone interview.

The Groton Wind farm is facing sanction from regulators for having changed the location of access roads, some turbines and a building. Those changes were cleared with the Department of Environmental Services, but the state argues DES didn’t have the authority to grant those changes. Iberdrola is also working to resolve a separate dispute over which fire suppression equipment to install in the tops of the turbines with the state Fire Marshal. Both issues are scheduled to be decided late by this year.

Besides Groton Wind, Iberdrola operates a 12 turbine wind farm in Lempster, which was the first industrial scale wind farm in the state.