The New Hampshire legislature is being asked to impose a moratorium on wind power projects in the Granite State. In written testimony, CLF and other environmental groups, like the Nature Conservancy, are urging the legislature to reject this proposal. Our position is simple and clear – the wind siting process in New Hampshire may not be perfect but slamming on the brakes with regard to the largest and most immediately available source of truly zero-emissions electrical power available to New Hampshire and New England would be a mistake. Indeed, it would be contrary to New Hampshire’s codified Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements, which seek to increase the amount of wind energy in New England.
CLF, and its allies, are strongly on the record favoring refinement of the New Hampshire energy facility “site evaluation” process, including in joint written testimony filed last week. All major energy projects sited in New Hampshire should be subject to a meaningful, open, and rigorous public review and should directly benefit the state, and wind projects that generate property taxes and lower emissions, if properly sited and planned, will do that. Transmission line projects like Northern Pass should be held to the same standard.
As we increasingly understand the peril our planet and welfare are facing, and the unconscionable harm being imposed on people worldwide by human-induced climate change, we must advance policies and “real projects” to reduce emissions in accordance with the climate and energy goals dictated by science: near complete decarbonization of our energy system. Increasing renewable generating capacity is a core element of decarbonizing, and we should not be delaying projects that help achieve that goal to the benefit of communities and the environment.