APNewsBreak: NH group seeks delay in wind plan

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2014 at 3:49 pm •  Published: January 10, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A forest preservation group on Friday asked New Hampshire to put the brakes on its review of a wind turbine proposal until new siting guidelines are completed.

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests filed a motion asking the state's Site Evaluation Committee to suspend its review of the Wild Meadows project. The society told The Associated Press the review should wait while the state's Site Evaluation Committee regulations are being revised.

"Now is not the time to push through an important project," said Jack Savage, a spokesman for the society. "It's time to step back, wait for the process to be fixed and then move forward. We're not objecting to the project itself."

Wild Meadows is a project of energy giant Iberdrola Renewables, which also operates a similar wind farm in Lempster and is bringing a 24-unit farm online in Groton. Wild Meadows calls for 23 turbines, each 492 feet tall, in Danbury and Alexandria. State officials look at such projects as important steps toward generating 25 percent of the state's energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Iberdrola filed its application for a Site Evaluation Committee certificate last month.

Paul Copleman, a spokesman for Iberdrola, said the company had just received the motion and wanted to review it before responding.

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