11/15/2012

Proposed Wind Farm Project

While we support the concept of sustainable energy, the Board of Selectmen opposes additional construction of wind turbines in the Newfound Area. The new Groton wind farm is sufficient and further clustering on the ridge adjacent to Cardigan Mountain is unwise and unnecessary.  Tourism is the major economic engine of this area and the proposed project endangers that financial foundation. In addition the State of NH is a net exporter of electricity and the power from all those towers will not benefit the citizens of this state. For example, one small biomass plant (wood to energy) produces more electricity than the new (23 towers) Groton wind farm! Biomass plants create jobs far greater than wind farms. Alexandria and Bridgewater have biomass plants and with the Groton facility, we have enough sustainable energy projects in this area. The proposed wind farm has the potential for more harm than good. For more information see: newfoundlakewindwatch

The Board opposes this project.

Updated 11/15/2012

Northern Pass:

Northern Pass is a proposed 180-mile transmission line which would bring electricity from Hydro-Quebec, a provincial government-owned utility which generates most of its power from hydroelectric dams, from the NH-Quebec border to a substation in Deerfield, where it would connect to the existing power grid. For similar reasons as stated above,

The Board opposes Northern Pass.

Towns are preempted in having a direct say in these matters. The location and routes are governed by the state and federal government. See the following links for more information on these projects. (Preemption explained)

We will keep you up to date and how to make your voices heard in a later memo.

NORTHERN PASS AND THE WIND FARM WILL MAKE APPLICATION TO THE STATE SITE EVALUATION COMMITTEE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  SEE THE STATE WEBSITE THAT DESCRIBES THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE PROCESS:  WWW.NHSEC.NH.GOV  .  YOU WILL FIND CONTACT INFORMATION AND THEIR JURISDICTION DESCRIBED UNDER RSA 162-H:1-20 Energy Facility Evaluation, Siting, Construction and Operation.

11/15/2012

"I can't see the site. How does this impact me?"

There is a substantial surplus of electricity in NH. If the potential net effect of the surplus is to put the existing bio-mass plant out of business, you will see an increase in taxes. The energy from these sites is being sold to NSTAR a Connecticut based utility that owns Northeast Utilities and Public Service of NH.  NH is becoming the "electric extension cord" for other New England States.
*(The same can be said for Northern Pass.)



For 2012 tax rate comparison, see below



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