Topics in this update:Iberdola ABANDONS Wild Meadows Wind Project!!!!SB-281 passes the Committee of Conference, on to the House, Wednesday, June 4th.
Iberdola announced today (May 27th) they have abandoned the Wild Meadows Wind project. They state their concerns with the regulatory environment although they pulled their project from the ISO-NE Interconnection Queue on March 12, 2014 – the day following the local town votes (March 11th).Today, after NHWW alerted one prominent NH media outlet to Iberdrola's apparent withdrawal from the ISO-NE Interconnection Queue, Iberdrola confirmed the proposed project will not proceed.All of the affected towns in the Newfound Cardigan region voted with huge voter turnouts and resounding majorities to reject a second Iberdrola industrial facility in the Newfound/Cardigan region. Those votes occurred on March 11th of 2014; and one day laterIberdrola apparently withdrew with no press release at the time that can be located.NHWW is dedicated to conservation, energy efficiency, sustainability and the protection and preservation of our state's most precious natural resources. That is why the legislative and regulatory initiatives around the proper siting of industrial scale energy projects, particularly 500 foot wind turbines, are so important.We are pleased that Iberdrola has recognized that siting these massive turbines in a tourism dependent area that is well populated is not a good idea as confirmed by the voters in all affected and neighboring towns.For Iberdrola’s press release, read this story:http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/d6709714b7ed4d7bbd270b097643b4b8/NH--Wind-Power-Wild-Meadows/#.U4UkHBfD9LNSenate Bill 281 – Sponsored by Senator Bradley - Passed Committee of Conference today and will go to the full House on Wednesday, June 4th as an attachment to HB-1602 (PSNH Divestiture).This bill provides a framework for the SEC rules to be adopted per Senate Bill 99 (SB-99). The bill provides guidance in the following areas: visual impact, cumulative impact, public health and safety impact, sound testing, decommissioning.NIMBY – no longer stands for ‘Not In My Back Yard’, it’s more appropriately ‘Next It May Be You’!NH Wind Watch has been granted 501(C)(3) status. As a 501(C)(3) organization, all donations are tax deductible.NH Wind Watch uses ALL donations to pay for Legal Counsel, Awareness & Public Relations efforts.Thank you for your continued support.NH Wind Watch