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Windfall movie showing

This Sunday at 2:00pm Danbury Community Center will have a showing of the movie ‘Windfall.’   This video is well worth the time, and it is a great opportunity for us to support the folks in Danbury.  If you are available on Sunday I hope to see you there!! It is a GREAT way to avoid the black flies for the afternoon.

Windfall (2010) PosterStoryline:

Wind power… It’s green… It’s good… It reduces our dependency on foreign oil… That’s what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement this farm town’s failing economy with a farm of their own — that of 40 industrial wind turbines. Attracted at first to the financial incentives, residents grow increasingly alarmed as they discover side effects they never dreamed of, as well as the potential for disturbing financial scams. With wind development growing rapidly at 39% annually in the US, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the future of renewable energy.

Windmills – wind turbines -  are not so green.

Wind Energy Forum

A Wind Energy Forum

Conducted by the NH House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee  April 30th.

Our Goal: To become better informed by current research and experience on what an effective, efficient, and well balanced approval process should included by addressing:

● What costs and benefits need to be included in the review process.
● What are the difficulties in acquiring accurate data to assess costs and benefits.
● Are there existing evaluation guidelines that have proven useful in accessing specific impact areas. What are their strengths and
weaknesses.
● From concept to production, how well is the existing approval process serving the needs of New Hampshire.

Rights Based Ordinance vote

May 1st, 2013 will have the Rights Based Ordinance vote tonight by the selectmen of Grafton.  Here is what you need to know.  Please make it to the meeting at 6 pm if possible:

Can you come to our selectman’s meeting 6:00pm tonight?

If you cannot can you send an email (and pass this along to anyone else who can come/send an email) asking the selectmen to support the Rights Based Ordinance?  selectmen@townofgraftonnh.com
The rights based ordinance (RBO) is our only sure defense against getting wind turbines.  It is simple.  It is cheaper/less hassle for the selectmen than dealing with the endless hearings and court dates that will come up if the turbines are allowed to come to our town, the CELDF will fight for as long as it takes to keep the turbine out of town for free saving the town thousands and thousands of dollars of tax payer money.  The RBO has worked in many other communities to stop hydrofracking, water extraction, sludge spreading, and factory farms.  (Other selectmen in NH have supported the RBO–Plymouth, Sugar Hill and Barnstead.)
Thank you in advance for partnering with us in this worthy cause.

 

SB-191

Dear Chairman Prescott, Vice Chair Odell & Senators Bradley, Fuller Clark & Woodburn,

Thank you for SB 191.  I think it is a timely and important piece of legislation and I am writing to support it while requesting it also contain one additional amendment.

Please also consider including a moratorium on large scale energy projects, specifically industrial wind turbine installations until the planning and analysis that this bill calls for is in place.

States and countries that are “ahead” of us on the large scale installation of industrial wind turbines are now faced with difficult economic and environmental issues, issues that are not easy to resolve.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/dec/09/local/la-me-unreliable-power-20121210

California Girds for Electricity Woes  WSJ 2/27/13

Is worth Googling if you have a moment. In combination with the LA Times article, it is a real world cautionary tale that should, hopefully, make us all pause before allowing one more 450 turbine to deface our mountains and ridges.

The country {Denmark} that was the “poster child” for industrial wind now clearly rues the economic, environmental and public
impact consequences of their former policy on wind.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/7996606/An-ill-wind-blows-for-Denmarks-green-energy-revolution.html

France and Germany are also no longer wind proponents.  I hope we can learn from the major mistakes California made and the lessons from Europe.  ISO NE doesn’t use or want a significant portion of the wind turbine energy currently available.  Why would we want to add more?  As PSNH says, wind is “intermittent and unreliable, there are more effective renewables.”

Thank you again for SB 191. Please consider including a moratorium and please also consider having citizen representation in the process SB 191 outlines for the future.

 

SB-99

We have successfully completed the recount on the RBO!!  We gained 3 votes in the process.  One small battle won.

There are a bunch of bill that are working their way through the NH State government system.  We need to stay abreast of them.   They will help to secure our freedom from wind power.
The bill for this week needs support from folks in each district across the state.  We need  friends and family in each district (all 400!!) who will call their representatives.  This is a massive project and Lori (NH Wind Watch) needs as much help as she can get.  If you have time to make some calls, know folks in a particular district or are willing to help in any way we could really use it!!!

Thank you for your time and continued support!!  Call your reps:  Click here to find yours.

Here is a recap of the week before, right after the votes were first counted.  They were then re-counted; in OUR favor!
We had some great success!  Thank you so much for all of your efforts.  With a difference of only three votes on the Rights Based Ordinance (RBO) every vote, conversation, and flyer counted. We will have to be diligent to support our RBO, and laws going through at the state level to ensure our towns health, safety and property value. Let’s keep putting the brakes on wind development in Grafton and neighboring towns.  Jeanie Forrester has one last bill to propose- SB99.  It is aimed at reforming the Site Evaluation Committee and the process for applications.  This bill has quite a bit of support from state departments, but will need robust support from the private sector to make it through committee.

HB-2 Amendment Hearing – Wed April 3

Wind Watch Action Alert - Important House Floor Hearing this Wednesday – April 3, 2013

WE NEED YOU help us spread the word to all NH District Representatives.  Please encourage your friends throughout the state to contact their district  representatives and tell them…..

“Elective Wind Projects are of a significant concern in many areas of the state and that their district could be next. Please vote ‘ought to pass’ on the SB-99 and HB-2 as this is a state-wide issue and will severely impact our tourism economy, our businesses, property values and livelihoods.”

To find your district representative click here:   http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/members/wml.aspx

OUR GOAL is to have 2-3 constituents from EVERY district (400 districts in NH)  CALL or EMAIL their Representative before the vote on HB-2 on WEDNESDAY

Rep. Neal Kurk has an amendment (HB-2) to be added on the House floor  this Wednesday that will read something like:

“Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, there are here by established moratoriums on the constructions of wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects in the state of New Hampshire until July 1, 2014. The site evaluation committee, established in RSA 162-H:3, shall issue no certificates for wind turbine plants or electric transmission line projects under RSA 162-H while such moratoriums are in effect.”

HB 580 and HB 484

Two House Bills (HB 580 and HB 484) were introduced last week at Representatives Hall in Concord. On Tuesday, February 19th, Representative Skip Reilly and Senator Jeanie Forrester introduced HB 580, the “moratorium” bill to an almost capacity filled hall of 400 seats. Between the hours of 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, residents and professionals speaking on behalf of companies and special interest groups presented testimony, both for and against the bill before the Science, Technology and Energy Committee.

The committee, which consists of approximately 26, was mostly present, with a few absent due to other obligations. At one point, Committee Chairman Borden adjourned the hearing to open the second hearing for HB 484. He stated the bill would be heard on February 21st, rather than the current day, due to the great number of people present to testify for HB 580. Chairman Borden closed the hearing for HB 484 and reopened the hearing for HB 580. It was evident there was greater support for HB 580 present, due to the number of those testifying in support of the bill.

Few questions were addressed to the public, most likely due to the large crowd. The hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:00 PM. A work session of the Committee is scheduled for Thursday, February 28th at 10:00 AM in Room 304 of the Legislative Office building. The public is welcome to attend and observe, but no public input is accepted at the session.

House Bill 484 (the public approval for siting) was introduced by Representative Kurk on Thursday, February 21st in Room 304 of the Legislative Office Building at 8:30 AM. A much smaller group of approximately 30 people representing the public were present. The Committee was also slightly smaller in representation than on Tuesday. A substantial amount of time was taken to question Representative Kurk regarding the bill.

In addition, those presenting testimony were questioned quite thoroughly. The more intimate nature of the hearing provided an effective opportunity of exchange. Once again, those in attendance in support of HB 484, outnumbered those in opposition. The hearing was adjourned at approximately 12:00 PM, with the Committee work session for the bill scheduled for Tuesday, March 5th at the same location. The time has not been clarified.

Dr Luce Presentation Slide Show

Dr Luce presentation slide show is not the best quality recording  but the message is incredible.  Dr. Luce spoke with us last month.

He was the guy that made wind energy happen in New Mexico.  He came here to promote wind projects, but as a physist he quickly saw the wind resource just wasn’t here unless we went offshore.  He recommends solar power fo New England.

In VT if 1% of already established farmers fields became solar rays it would supply the entire energy need of VT.  With no ridgeline destruction!!!!

Here is the video of Dr. Luce’s speach.

Production Tax Credit Wind

In the news, quietly nagging, is the question of whether or not the Production Tax Credit will expire now that the deadline has passed.  Without the Production Tax Credit wind projects may not stand a chance at new start ups.   Congress and wind power are not a good match right now as the expiration date has already passed.

These are not only the politics of wind power but about one more debt added to the heap we can’t seem to come up from already. The expiration of the credit would certainly be good news for millions who have already figured out that the financial implications are high and we are being bled dry by greedy corporations who know how to take but not give back.

Here are a few excerpts from the Huffington Post regarding the possible expiration of the Product Tax Credit that has been in place since 1992.  Decide for yourself.  This author wonders where YOUR children will get the money to pay back all this debt when companies like Iberdrola Renewables has their credit are heading for the Spanish hills.

Republican opposition to renewable energy tax breaks has been galvanized by anger over a failed solar project backed by the Obama administration. Republicans referred to that project, a start-up company called Solyndra, several times in the letter.

“The Obama administration has poured billions into subsidizing its favored green energy sources,” reads the letter dated Sept. 21 from House Republicans to Boehner, also a Republican. “Twenty years of subsidizing wind is more than enough.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/john-boehner-wind-production-tax-credit_n_1910687.html

And…

The so-called production tax credit has made wind and solar installations more financially appealing for investors, encouraging new projects. But with each passing day absent movement in Congress toward renewing the credit, investors grow more skittish about pouring money into wind and solar installations, fearful that they will not be able to secure a return on their capital, as the tax credits have traditionally reduced the cost of new projects by one-third.          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/30/wind-power-tax-credit-expiration_n_2220635.html

Low Frequency Noise Health Effects

Low Frequency Noise Health Effects

Dec 18, 2012

Wind turbine issues include the impact of low frequency noise health effects on the inner ear leading to hearing damage, vertigo and more.

Here is an excerpt of an article regarding studies being done on this topic of Low Frequency Noise to get you started.  You can read the entire article here: LowFrequencyNoise

Two effects of Low Frequency Noise; dizziness and vertigo to start

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