Posts Tagged ‘wind Farms’

Blues for the Moratorium

March 7, 2013

 I was stunned to see the Moratorium Bill rolled back down the hill. NH  HB 580 required that there be a Moratorium on wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects until the state issues a comprehensive energy plan. This week, despite hundreds of protesters at the Feb.19 hearing in Concord, the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee voted to postpone dealing with this and other energy bills.

 The news report read like something out of Jared Diamond’s, Collapse. So many civilizations have met their demise by ignoring the management of their natural resources, with towns and states pitted against each other for bigger pieces of the pie. Step one is the top drawer greed and apparent political stagnation in the face of environmental destruction. Step two is the general poverty of the masses leading to disease. Step three is the final starvation of whoever is left.

 Last week, when a tree fell on lines at the Thornton Power station, the area blackout caused Waterville Valley Ski Area to lose thousands of dollars. We all are so dependent on energy that it’s not just the lifts, but the kitchen, the toilets, the internet, and all that must be running well to accommodate over a thousand skiers. Those are recreational dollars lost. Yet the legislators, with few exceptions, want to have more time to think about whether they want time to think about advance planning for future provisions of renewable energy that can be safely transmitted. They want more time to think about burying new lines along state transportation rights of way to avoid such disasters.

 Meantime, energy projects are moving right along, with a third contract for another wind farm in the Groton area. People in the North Country have to regularly ask police to remove trespassers scoping out their land for the Northern Pass Project. Yet these intruders are carrying illegal permission slips from the Department of Energy.

 At this point, if we want to protect the health and safety of people in New Hampshire, we need to support the work of our one true ally: the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. To help stop HQ’s latest Northern Pass bullying attempts, please send your contribution to Society for the Protection of NH Forests, Trees Not Towers campaign, 54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH 03301; or on line at www.forestsociety.org/np; or call 603-224-9945 and ask for Suzanne Kibler-Hacker at the Forest Society.

 Please also attend your town meeting and support your town’s Rights Based Ordinances. If we want to leave our grandchildren and all children a legacy they will appreciate and continue to honor, we have to come together, and not risk being another chapter in Collapse.

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Chew Before You Swallow

August 31, 2012

So many things are happening at once. Hydro Quebec is again bullying New Hampshire. This time, citizens will have to raise $2.5 million by October 31 to stop them. HQ seems to have endless millions to spend on its marketing campaign to push high voltage above ground power lines through New Hampshire but not one cent to bury the lines.

 While all this has the north country in particular riled up, wind farms are being installed as a form of clean, renewable energy. What we need to be awake to from a health perspective is that energy generated by the wind towers has to be carried (transmitted) from those towers and then distributed to our communities via power lines. The wind operations grid has a huge spider web of distribution lines planned to circle and criss-cross New Hampshire. Those lines can be buried; they do not have to be above ground.

 Chew on this: Gated communities and upscale developments in the state have buried their lines for years. Burying power lines is quite doable in New Hampshire. The issue Hydro Quebec has is that if power lines are buried down existing highways, the state of New Hampshire (that’s us, the public) would receive their rent money for the project. If the power is added to PSNH lines, that rent money would make a nice private bundle for their collaborators, PSNH investors, in addition to destroying forest land, threatening school playgrounds with high voltage stimulated health problems, gutting real estate values, ruining tourism, etc. That sounds like a pretty indigestible arrangement to me. 

Maine already has a law in place requiring new power lines to be buried. Upgrades are considered new lines. Our legislature is currently considering such a law for New Hampshire. The NH Dept. of Transportation has already advised the legislature that lines can be buried, lest we be sidetracked by NorthernPass rhetoric.

 In NH, we will continue to come up with more forms of clean, renewable energy. In whatever form, energy must go through three important steps: energy must be generated (Step 1), then transmitted (Step 2) and finally, distributed by either above ground or buried power lines (Step 3).  Now is the time to put the law in place to bury all new power lines, including upgrades. Such a law will avoid future health hassles for the distribution of whatever clean, renewable energy is developed.

 Chew on this before you swallow new above ground power lines. If you elect not to swallow this new above ground grid: Contact your legislators and urge them to enact a NH law to bury power lines. Legislator contact info can be found at www.burythenorthernpass.com.

If you want to help stop HQ’s latest Northern Pass bullying attempt, send your contribution to Society for the Protection of NH Forests, 54 Portsmouth St, Concord, NH 03301; or on line at www.forestsociety.org/np; or call 603-224-9945 and ask for Suzanne Kibler-Hacker at the Forest Society. Every contribution helps meet the goal by Oct. 31.