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Reference information about proposed Wild Meadows Windfarm taken from various e-mails, Facebook posts to ~ Nov 23, 2012 and later and info from various web searches on these topics.

Enclosed Topics Include:

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1 Local Information, Group Information

2 Recent Press articles about or referencing Wild Meadows

2 Other Local Windfarm Info

3 What to do if your community is targeted by Wind Power

3 Health Info

4 Economic, Financial Info – Including Effects on Tourism and Property Values

6 NH General Power Requirements and Facts

7 NH Regulations for siting Power Plants, Wind Farm Projects

7 Renewable Power (Biomass, Hydro, Wind) Sources (87+ MW) already in Newfound Area

8 Other Relevant Info from listed and other links Birds, bats, mountaintop windfarms, US Fish &Wildlife, Audubon, inefficiency, dissatisfied neighbors, youtube, other Iberdola issues, Maine rejects two projects, erosion, and more!

12 Pictures and Graphics

Local Info, Group Information

Wild Meadows (Alexandria, Danbury, Groton) proposal by Iberdola:

NH Windwatch( previously Newfound Lake Wind Watch) site:

Newfound Lake Wind Watch Facebook page:!/groups/129068240577619/

Windeffects, a local group from Grafton, NH opposed to Wild Meadows

NLRA Announcement opposing Wild Meadows

Bridgewater opposes nearby Wind Power Projects’s-corner

Recent Press articles about or referencing Wild Meadows

Nov 2 Union Leader article “Lakes Region Group Fights Wind Farm

Nov 4 Union Leader article ‘Wind Farm Builder seeks to allay fears in Newfound Lake area’

Nov 15 Union Leader ‘Wind farm meeting gets heated’

Nov 19, Concord Monitor: Newfound Lake is under Turbine Attack

Nov 20, NHPR, Lessons from Lempster: Town has found Wind Farm to be neither Blessing nor Curse

Nov 23 Union Leader: Newfound Lake Association Opposes Windpower Plan

Nov 29 NHNPR: Wind Power Takes a New Turn in the Granite State

Nov 30, Third Wind Farm in the works for Newfound Lake

Other Local Windfarm Info
Nearby Windfarm in Groton (Grafton County), next to Plymouth, Iberdola info, including link to SEC Application

July 14 Union Leader ‘Wind Farm makes presence known’

General, Thorough Sources for Info about Wind Power

Ref NH’s Lisa Linowes

What to do if your community is targeted by Wind Power

Health Info

Study finds physical, mental health effects from nearby wind turbines

Real Science behind (medical) concerns over wind turbines

Mars Hill Wind Turbine Project (MAINE) Health Effects — Preliminary Symptoms Survey Results

Medical Professionals against commercial wind in the Appalacian Mts – More from Mars Hill

Wind farm noise does harm sleep and health say scientists

 Effects of industrial wind turbine noise on sleep and health_Nissenbaum et al.pdf

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Dr Alex Salt: Wind Turbines are Hazardous to Human Health

Lowell Mt windfarm generating noise complaints

Economic, Financial Info – Including Effects on Tourism and Property Values

Fast Facts: One Page

Costs vs Benefits – Conservation Is More Cost Effective Than Wind Energy

Comparative costs of electricity from different sources

True cost of Electricity from Wind.

Federal subsidy is 2 cents/KWH. In 2009 Iberdola received additional $546 Million, ~60% of total $900 Million from US Federal Gov’t for ‘Cash Grant in lieu of Investment” Tax Credit.

And probably/possibly the original source, in 2003:

And updated in 2010

High Cost and Low Value of Electricity from Wind, 22 PDF Pages

Overstated Benefits and Understated Costs – Industrial Wind Power in the Mountains of VA

Maine Governor blamed wind and solar power for rising energy prices in Maine

Factcheck: Puffed up claims from the wind power lobby. And some opponents.

Subsidizing Big Wind – The real costs to taxpayers

Both studies below show NH is less attractive candidate for Wind Power than VT and ~ = MA., and all NE sites are far less cost-effective than the plains of the West and Mid-West.

Should Vermont’s (and NH’s) ridges be developed for wind power?

The Science of Industrial Wind in MA and the Eastern USA.

Gov’t website with lots of ‘pro wind energy’ info, including individual state (loads of info here, including loan and subsidy info), and a NH state map of wind speeds intended to show the best places for windfarm siting.

At Wild Meadows, the wind speeds are no better than ‘~ average’ for NH. Highest speeds in the immediate area are at nearby Mt Cardigan, with NH’s highest winds at Mt Washington.

And the NH wind map there:

(also see the NH Wind Map in pictures section)

Effects on Tourism:
The John Muir trust, in Scotland, did a poll of UK residents regarding their views on wind turbines and the affect they would have on tourism in scenic areas. Our Lakes Region tourism comes to mind…
The poll also indicates that high concentrations of wind farms would pose a serious threat to tourism in Britain’s scenic areas. It found that 43 per cent of people in Britain who visit scenic areas in the UK for their natural heritage and beauty would be “less likely to visit scenic areas with a large concentration of wind farms”. The chairman of the John Muir Trust says: “This poll suggests that up to 17.5 million adults across the Britain may think twice about visiting areas where the landscape is blighted by turbines. That represents a serious long-term threat to those areas whose economic lifeblood is tourism.”
A high proportion of our tourists come to Shetland as part of their visit to Britain (or Scotland) and what affects those areas will also affect Shetland. There is no doubt that the proliferation of wind farms across scenic areas will be devastating to tourism across the whole of Britain and Shetland is a microcosm of this. The findings of this new poll are entirely consistent with analysis of the demographic of the Shetland poll commissioned by the SIC (2006) and more general VisitScotland (2012) poll that I addressed in my letter of 26th April 2012. In this I stated that “Potentially Viking Energy could lose us 43 per cent of our tourist trade.”

Poll shows how wind farms will destroy tourism

Lowering RE Values

Gov’t study about land values after windfarm installation – always used to promote wind power

Property value documents from Wisconsin after Wind Farm: (compare to gov’t study above)

Union Leader: Northern Pass lowering real estate values in that region, and the spokesman for Northern Pass stated “the projects proposed 85 foot structures do not have the impact as the 400 foot tall wind turbines or even 200 foot cell towers, which can be seen by many people living in the North Country, as they will be built within the forest.”

Production Tax Credit Information: $0.022/KWH for wind for 10 years

Portland ME Press Herald Op Ed – The Great Green Wind Scam, May, 2011

Federal Site promoting Wind

State incentives for wind power – NH

Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels

NH Power Requirements and Facts

(2005) New Hampshire is committed to obtaining 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. New Hampshire has no fossil fuel reserves, but has substantial renewable energy potential. The mountainous areas, which cover much of western New Hampshire, offer wind power potential:

NH 362-F requires a growing amount of power be supplied from Wind.

For Class I sources (primarily Wind, in MW-Hrs)

3% in 2012 increasing by 1% / year through 2025 (15%).

In 2015 it jumps an additional 0.9% / year for Class I sources (wind, others, etc.).

Or pay $55/MW-H for unmet requirements to ‘Renewable Energy Fund’.

Power from solar cells is a separate category (see below).
So wind is the predominant source in it’s class, and must be 25% of production by 2025.

But in 2012 Senate Bill 218-FN proposed 16% in 2025 and additional 1% (replacing 0.9%) starting in 2015, and ‘New Solar’ from Class II can also contribute to Class I. Jeanie Forester is a sponsor.

Wind, Solar, and Geothermal (2007) contributed 0.0% to total energy produced in NH

Almost ½ of NH’s Electrical Energy produced was exported

New Hampshire Energy Facts 2007: Electric Power Sector

(47.9% of the total 235.4 TBtu) energy inputs used to generate the electricity that was exported from New Hampshire (1 Trillion British Thermal Units (TBtu) = 293 megaWatt-hours (MWh) of Electricity):

Nonpolluting and Renewable (electrical) Energy sources in NH

Seabrook Nuclear – 1,244MW, enough for 1.4 Million families and businesses

Seabrook Nuclear capacity ~ 2X what NH uses

NH Population (2011 est): 1,318,194

Persons/housing unit (2006-10): 2.48

Housing units (2011) : 617,704

Non-farm businesses (2010): 37,452

Total Housing Units and Businesses 655,156

Federal sighting guidelines for wind power in New England

NH Regulations for siting Power Plants, Wind Farm Projects

From the Iberdrola Wild Meadows PPT presentation:

Page 24: The permitting criteria must meet NH RSA 162 – H about siting energy plants.

Within is a link to a doc about siting wind energy projects:

Members of the NH Site Evaluation committee:

For Reference:

Groton SEC Application

~ SEC Application for Windfarm Project in Maine (Scenic Assessment)

Scenic Assessment for proposed windpower project in scenic area in Maine

Renewable Power (Biomass, Hydro, Wind) Sources (87+ MW) already in Newfound Area:

Two biomass plants, one in Alexandria and one in Bridgewater, total 31MW

Another being constructed in North Haverhill, Grafton County (??MW)

Renewable Power, Local – Hydro, Ayers Island, Hew Hampton, Bristol: 8400KW (8.4MW) from Pemigiwasset River

Iberderia Renewables, Grafton, NH 48MW

Wind Turbines proposed for Wild Meadows:

Gamesa 97 @ 2MW

37 Turbines = 74MW peak total

Total Height 454 ft (549 under development)

Post: 295 ft (120m/390 ft under development)

Rotor: 97m/291ft diameter

5-55mph wind,

9.6-17.8 RPM,

Max rotor speed = 185mph calculated.

From proposal, 37 turbines cover 8 miles, or 0.22 mi/turbine, not including access roads.

Other Relevant Info from listed and other links:

Birds, bats, mountaintop windfarms, US Fish &Wildlife, Audubon, inefficiency, dissatisfied neighbors, youtube, other Iberdola issues, Maine rejects two projects, erosion, and more!


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says that wind turbines should not be erected near wetlands,

on mountain ridges, near shorelines, or in other known wildlife concentration areas

(Found link to US F&W Service doc as source, but couldn’t find statement above within)

Canada prohibits industrial wind turbines on ridge tops to protect migrating birds, and neighboring counties have enacted similar siting regulations. Ref:

Audubon: Ridgetop Important Bird Areas, Raptors, and Wind Turbines

Misc Information

20 Bad things about wind energy and 3 reasons why

10 Years too late, Good riddance to windfarms, one of themost dangerous delusions of our age–dangerous-delusions-age.html

A Problem with Wind Power – a very thorough discussion, year 2006

Renewable Energy will cost grid more – MIT

Vestas CEO sees US Turbine Market down 80%

The Trouble with Turbines, an Ill Wind

IT’S OVER: Why Everyone Is Losing Hope For Green Energy

Our Energy Policy: From Science or Lobbyists? 220 Slides

How wind turbines impact weather radar

14,000 abandoned windturbines in USA

Dissatisfied Windfarm Neighbors:


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