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Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing 2

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats, among other concerns,  were debated at the  Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”   Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 AM

The following is part of the testimony of Dr. Michael Fry, Ph.D., Director, Birds and Pesticides, American Bird Conservancy of the Fish and Wild Life Service

It should be noted that Dr Fry is for wind power but stresses the importance that is being overlooked in being overly zealous; the wildlife effects.

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing

Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing on “Gone with the Wind: Impacts of Wind Turbines on Birds and Bats”   Tuesday, May 1, 2007 10:00 AM

The following is part of the testimony of Mr. Michael Daulton, Director of Conservation Policy, National Audubon Society

It should be noted that Mr Daulton is for wind power but stresses the importance that is being overlooked in being overly zealous; the wildlife effects.

Planned Expansion of Largely Unregulated Wind Power Raises Conservation Concerns

NH Electricity Cost

NH Electricity Cost

Dec 18, 2012

The NH electricity cost is 5 cents above the average in other US states.  We export more than 1/2 our electricity generated and yet we pay 50% more per kilowatt hour.  How does that even make sense?

See for yourself in the NH electricity profile chart below:

State Electricity Profiles

Data for 2010  |  Release Date: January 30, 2012  |  Next Release: January 2013   |

Archived State Electricity Profiles

Notice that NH is 5 cents more than the national average in cost per kilowatt hour and yet it exports more than 1/2 of its electricity.  Where is the benefit to our state to produce more?  Should we expect to pay more as well?

Iberdrola Hardscrabble Lawsuit

Iberdrola Hardscrabble lawsuit medical issues that plaintiffs complained of:

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  • Diane Abele – frequent headaches from lack of sleep and constant stress
  • Holly Ashley – difficulty sleeping
  • William Ashley – difficulty sleeping
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  • Wendy Bramer’s teenage son Adam Bramer – experienced dizziness and sinus problems.  Also has an adult daughter with seizure     disorders who can no longer visit her parents in their home because of the flicker and the noise.
  • Linda Brauer – severe difficulty sleeping due to noise

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines in Groton Wind Project

It is difficult to say exactly what the carbon footprint of wind turbines for the Groton Wind Project would be but not difficult to make some reasonable estimations.

Here is a conversation sent to us by a gentlemen involved.  These are his guestimates and no more but it is not hard to follow the logic.

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines in Groton Wind Project

Tug Mountain Wind Farm Canaan

Tug Mountain Wind Farm – Canaan, NH

New England’s fifth wind farm, on Tug Mountain in Canaan, NH, was installed in 1984 and went on line in 1985. It consisted of ten 60-kW Danish wind turbines manufactured by Micon. Like others installed in the mid-1980s, this 600-kW wind farm performed better than its predecessors. In 1987, it produced 541,200 kWh for a capacity factor of 10.3%. (“Capacity factor” is the actual energy output divided by the theoretical maximum output if the machine operated at peak capacity all the time.) This performance is comparable to California wind farms installed during the same period, but it is well below the performance of newer wind farms. Tug Mountain’s lackluster performance was reportedly due to frequent problems with the interconnection to the local utility and wind speeds considered low for a commercial wind farm. The Canaan turbines were relocated to California in 1988, after the owner concluded that it was not cost-effective to operate such a small wind farm so far from its service facilities.

Hardscrabble Wind Farm News

Hardscrabble Wind Farm news continues to be in the spotlight. It seems that locals are unjustly having liens placed on their lands while Saunders Concrete and Iberdrola duke it out.

Read about it in the full article but as you do, consider as to whether it is something you might find yourself in the middle of one day, in your own backyard.

Residents targeted by subcontractor who wants to be paid for work

Concrete company places nearly $2M lien on wind project property

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity

Dec 4, 2012

This is a great article about the true costs of wind energy:  You can download the entire article here:
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Probably the most common wind energy question that I receive from analysts, reporters, and interested citizens deals with the cost of electricity from wind.  The frequency of the question is understandable since estimates provided by the wind industry, federal and state agencies and contractors, and the media understate the true cost and ignore the fact that electricity from wind is very low in value.

December Wild Meadows Wind Project Meetings

December Wild Meadows Wind Project Meetings

Dec 3, 2012

December Wild Meadows Wind Project Calendar of  events and meetings

December 17th,  Monday – Alexandria, NH town hall from 6:30 to 8:30.  This meeting will host Ed Cherion from Iberdrola Renewables again. This is very important to be there and to come with intelligent questions and facts.  All are welcome.  Bring your friends from surrounding towns as well to hear first hand.

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

Dec 3, 2012

Iberdrola town meeting notes are from concerned citizens who have been present, alert and taking notes and pictures concerning the Wild Meadows Wind Project and its wind effects on the communities involved.  There are surely discrepancies from what interviews and newspaper articles report.  Decide for yourselves.

Recap of Iberdrola Wild Meadows Wind Project Open House in Grafton (11/13), Alexandria (11/14), Danbury (11/15):

Open House, which ran from 6:00-8:30pm, consisted of a series of stations that folks could visit. Each station contained information about the proposed project, including the impacted areas, visibility map, sound level determination, etc. There were no handouts available but a few pictures of their representations (see attachments) were taken.

NHPR Wind Farm News

NHPR Wind Farm News

Nov 28, 2012

ATTENTION!!!

Thursday, Nov. 29th, NHPR (89.1FM) program “The Exchange” will air with Ed Charion, from Iberdrola, and Lisa Linowes, Wind Watch supporter and professional intervenor for Turbine opposition groups, will be discussing the Wild Meadows project in Alexandria, Danbury, and Grafton, along with Sam Evans Brown, environmental reporter for NHPR.   The program airs 9 am, and  8 pm.

It is a call in show as well. Call in: 1-800-892-6477 so write down your questions/comments while they are discussing, and press those phone keys! SPREAD THE WORD, let’s get listeners and comments from Newfound Lake Wind Watchers from around our region. (You can only call in at the 9 a.m. time, as the evening broadcast is a taped repeat.)

Bridgewater NH Resists Wind Farm Project

Bridgewater NH Resists Wind Farm Project

Nov 23, 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.

The bottom line as stated by the Town of Bridgewater Selectmen: “The Board opposes this project.

From http://www.bridgewater-nh.com/offices-departments/selectmen/selectmen%27s-corner

Iberdrola Wind Farms NH Meetings

Iberdrola wind farms NH meetings didn’t start in Grafton, Danbury and Alexandria but we hope they will stop there.  Here is an article from the Concord Monitor in November 2012.

Concord Monitor Published on the Concord Monitor (http://www.concordmonitor.com)

Wind company to hold meetings in Alexandria and Danbury

By The Associated Press    Tuesday, November 13, 2012    (Published in print: Wednesday, November 14, 2012)

A company that wants to build about three dozen wind turbines in the mountains of several communities is holding open house meetings.

Iberdrola Renewables has preliminary permission to build up to 40, 450-foot-tall wind turbines on private property in Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury. It’s called the Wild Meadows project.

Newfound Lake Fights Wind Turbines

Newfound Lake Fights Wind Turbines

Nov 21, 2012

Newfound Lake is under turbine attack

By By RAY CUNNINGHAM For the Monitor

Monday, November 19, 2012
(Published in print: Tuesday, November 20, 2012)

NewfoundlakemapI’m one of thousands of residents who oppose industrial wind power development on Newfound Lake.

I’m not some “green” environmentalist who wants to stop all commercial development in New Hampshire.

Get Our Voices Heard with Social Media

Get Our Voices Heard with Social Media

Nov 20, 2012

A brief list of what one can do from a social media stand point.  Use your virtual voice in a media driven world. Here’s how:

  • Make this viral in a virtual world.  Everyone can start by going to http://www.windeffects.org and click on the LIKE button for any page you read.  EVERY PAGE you read.
  • Then also click on the SHARE button and share with YOUR group of friends.  In the comment section ask them to “Help us to stop the Wild Meadow Wind Project.  In the end, wind energy is NOT so green and NOT so good for our economy.”
  • Let your friends and family know that it is not a community concern but a national debt concern.
  • Then post on our group or facebook page.
  • Send us any dates you have for the site.
  • Send us links.