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Letter: Wind power battle not over

Newfound residents are elated with the decision by Iberdrola Renewables to withdraw its proposed Wild Meadows Power Plant.

Residents and summer visitors alike in Alexandria, Bridgewater, Bristol, Danbury, Grafton, Groton, Hebron, Plymouth, Rumney and beyond have educated themselves on the realities of industrial wind power and have agreed that industrial wind power plants on our ridgelines inflicts disastrous impacts upon our watershed, wildlife, health, property values and views – all the while having little impact on New Hampshire’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Each town voted overwhelmingly against the proposed Wild Meadows project – not once, but twice.

A lot of individual time and resources have gone into fighting these wind projects, and for that we thank you!

We know that our work is not done. It is conceivable that another developer could be attracted to this same location. But for now, we have saved our ridgelines from the blasting, deforestation and the erection of 500-foot turbines.

While we are pleased with Iberdrola’s announcement, we still have a few questions.

Why are the Iberdrola Met towers still standing on Forbes Mountain? They unofficially pulled the plug on this project back in March.

Are we to assume that there is no decommission plan to get rid of them either? And if that’s the case, will the Met towers be allowed to just rot away? Any responsible company would take them down.

RAY CUNNINGHAM

Bridgewater

Legacy Comments1

OK, they don't want wind power in their neighborhood. Would they rather have their electricity generated by coal-fired plants? How about nuclear power? What about bringing Northern Pass hydro power, with tall towers, to the Newfound area? What DO they want?

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