Now Is Not the Time to Delay Renewable Energy Deployment in New Hampshire

N. Jonathan Peress

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.

Lempster Wind Power Project seen from Pillsbury State Park (Washington, NH)

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2 Responses to “Now Is Not the Time to Delay Renewable Energy Deployment in New Hampshire”

  1. David Wright

    Indeed it is time “to put the brakes on” this unreliable, environmental and health-damaging technology in New England. We have a glut of renewable and sustainable electrical power in the Northeast, and mandates to use this intermittent and unpredictable source actually result in little if any CO2 reduction due to the inefficent ramping of the back-up (mostly natural gas) generators, while pushing up the cost of electricity for struggling families.

    The efficiencies of New England and New York wind turbines have beern routinely exaggerated, and industrial wind has not lived up to its promise. It’s time to curtail this costly, ugly, destructive experiment and put our efforts at combatting climate change in increasing the efficiency of heating our buildings and running our vehicles while learning to live with less energy consumption.

  2. Crawford

    New Hampshire does not have an electricity generation problem. Last time I checked, NH can currently meet all its demand with non-carbon emitting production from NH sources. Therefore, why should New Hampshire lose it’s comparative advantage in natural beauty just so CT and MA residents don’t have to put wind turbines up in their backyards? Seems like a big equity issue from where I’m standing on top of Mount Cardigan looking at an industrial eyesore to the east, with more such tin-can farms proposed to add to the ambiance. Secondly, a much more sensible approach for NH would be the gradual ramping up of far less intrusive solar technologies, on-going reductions in demand via more efficient technology adoption (LED’s, Refrigerators, etc.), and people opting for non-electric alternatives (solar dryers, etc.).

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