Letter: Wind energy not right for us

Last modified: 2/13/2013 6:35:14 PM
To the editor:

I urge people in New Hampshire to educate themselves about the negative impact of industrial wind.

Although I’m concerned about reducing the amount of oil, gas and coal that are polluting our world and generally in favor of renewable energy, I’m really concerned about the path we are on. Wind energy is really not right for New Hampshire. We will get too little return on investment to sacrifice our beautiful ridgelines. Some of us moved here to get away from so-called civilization, and the upcoming projects are really disturbing.

The website www.NHWindWatch.org has the facts about wind in New Hampshire. I urge you to take a look at it. Wind “farms” may be fine in, say, Nebraska – but not in our beautiful, mountainous state where tourists come to see our glorious wilderness and pour so much money into our economy. They don’t want to see it, and neither do we.

On Feb. 19, there are two important bills being heard in Representatives Hall at the State House: 1) HB580, which establishes moratoriums on wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects at 1 p.m. (there is also a Senate version, SB099) and 2) HB484, which requires public approval prior to issuance of certain site evaluation certificates at 2:30 PM. The more people attend, the better.

Also, if you love the wilderness and hate to see it despoiled, write to your legislators – in Washington, too! It was recently announced that the SEC denied the wind “farm” (read “industrial park”) in Antrim. Public opinion is having a big effect. Costs for solar energy are getting more and more reachable. All energy sources should be “on the table,” but not all solutions are right for all states – it’s not “one size fits all” here in the Granite State.

Janet Renaud



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