Plug pulled on $150M wind farm over unfriendly political, regulatory climate
“While we continue to make significant progress resolving various outstanding issues at our Groton wind farm, our experience with that situation combined with the current political and regulatory climate in New Hampshire leave us no choice but to end our efforts to develop and invest $150 million at the potential Wild Meadows wind farm,” Art Sasse, director of communications and brand for Iberdrola Renewables, said in a statement released to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Iberdrola officials initially said they built the plant in accordance with SEC specifications, but have since been complying with state officials with plant and turbine improvements.
Iberdrola officials began public hearings in 2012 on the Wild Meadows plant, a 75.9-megawatt, 23-turbine wind farm originally planned for the towns of Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury, but later confined to Alexandria and Danbury.
The plant would have provided large financial benefits to taxpayers in both towns, and would have created jobs, the company said.
“We’re sorry that the vast majority in New Hampshire who want the benefits of clean affordable power and millions of dollars in local economic development won’t get to see that occur anytime soon. We look forward to trying to work with state and local officials to return New Hampshire to a place that truly wants to bring renewable energy projects into the state again,” Sasse said.
“We’re thrilled Iberdrola has ended its plans for Wild Meadows,” said Wind Watch President Lori Lerner of Alexandria. “Residents of the towns where the project was to be located and those living in the surrounding communities have consistently and overwhelmingly opposed the towers.”
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