Wind farm opponents set to hold victory parties over Iberdrola withdrawal
A spokesman for the Spanish wind-energy giant confirmed last week that the company has withdrawn plans for a 75.9-megawatt, 23-turbine wind farm originally designed for the towns of Grafton, Alexandria and Danbury, but later confined to Alexandria and Danbury.
Sasse did not elaborate further, but the Wild Meadows project drew significant opposition locally from the WMLF and New Hampshire Wind Watch. In announcing the project’s withdrawal, company officials also mentioned their ongoing hearings and compliance plans with state officials, who have threatened to pull the company’s Groton Wind plant operating certificate because of permitting issues.
“Iberdrola is responsible for its own difficulties,” she said. “We have good reason to believe Wild Meadows suffered several fatal flaws including, for example, the company’s failure to secure all of the land needed to construct the towers and transmission.”
“As Iberdrola works to avoid having its permit revoked, it should not be surprised by state and local officials exercising greater caution,” she said.
“We plan to continue our legal and technical efforts to oppose (Wild Meadows) should Iberdrola decide to file a new application with the Site Evaluation Committee,” said Peter Silbermann spokesman for the Wild Meadows Legal Fund, a group opposed to the Wild Meadows proposal.
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