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Wild Meadows Wind Project

On the edge of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, three sweet, little communities have become the chosen sites of The Wild Meadows Wind Project.  Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury may be small but the public uproar over this project is beginning to be anything but small.

The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is known worldwide for not only lakes such as Newfound, Squam and Winnipesaukee but also for its untouched, breathtaking views of pristine and colorful mountains and roaming wildlife.

One resident of Grafton said “Here is like no other place in New England. We have remained fairly untouched by industrialization and our forests have mostly stayed unlogged, even in this depression we are recovering from.”
As in other pristine areas now affected by wind turbines, it won’t be long before that sentiment will disappear.

The Iberdrola windmill company is planing to blast the tops off the mountains in the Wild Meadows area, cut down the trees, and erect 37 windmills that, including wing span, are each 454′ feet tall.  If the fact that the windmills are downright ugly is not enough, data coming in from similar projects  show the wind structures to be a hazard to the health of those who live in or near the Meadows and issue a death warrant to bats as well as all kinds of animals; by destroying their environment.

Worried residents are ready to do battle.  As one resident of the Meadows stated,  ”To try and stop the biggest energy company from ruining our little town…” The new uproar has made it to news papers and social media sites quickly.   Visit our Articles and News page for a list of articles, news and video.

 

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing 2

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Documentation, Unintended Consequences, Wildlife | 0 comments

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. (more…)

Wind Turbine Effects on Birds and Bats Hearing

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Documentation, Unintended Consequences, Wildlife | 0 comments

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 (more…)

NH Electricity Cost

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Costs, Documentation, Wind Effects Financial Implications | 0 comments

NH Electricity Cost

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? (more…)

Iberdrola Hardscrabble Lawsuit

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Health Effects | 0 comments

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 (more…)

Estimated Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines in Groton Wind Project

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in All Posts, Blog, Environment | 0 comments

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 (more…)

Tug Mountain Wind Farm Canaan

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in All Posts, Documentation | 0 comments

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. (more…)

Hardscrabble Wind Farm News

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Unintended Consequences | 0 comments

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 (more…)

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in All Posts, Cases Against Wind Power, Featured, Wind Effects Financial Implications | 0 comments

True Costs of Wind Energy and Low Value of Wind Electricity
This is a great article about the true costs of wind energy:  You can download the entire article here:
Schleede-High-Cost-Low-Value-Electricity-from-Wind
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

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in All Posts, Meetings | 0 comments

December Wild Meadows Wind Project Meetings

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. (more…)

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in All Posts, FAQs, Featured, Meetings, Wild Meadows Wind Project | 0 comments

Iberdrola Town Meeting Notes

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. (more…)