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Negotiators agree on NH wind farm criteria and divestiture
Several House members were concerned the Senate version of the bill does not include the retirement of the plants under the PUC’s authority, and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, said retirement would drive up the stranded costs PSNH would be allowed to charge ratepayers. If the plants are sold, stranded costs would be less, he said.
Bradley said there had been a lot of discussion about what vibration impact is and if experts exist to measure their impact on neighborhoods.
House member Rep. Laurence Rappaport, R-Colebrook, noted low-frequencies cannot be heard but do have an impact on people, saying that should be one of the criteria.
The bill also requires the Site Evaluation Committee to make its decision based on the “best available evidence.”
The committee was inundated with wind turbine projects and is about to embark on the Northern Pass electric transmission project once it receives the federal okay.
The House and Senate will have to vote on the compromise next week.
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