APNewsBreak: NH wind project put on hold

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A proposal for a 23-turbine wind farm in central New Hampshire is on hold as the project developer addresses issues at an active wind plant it operates.

In a statement released Friday to The Associated Press, Iberdrola Renewals said it will "pause" the Wild Meadows project in Danbury and Alexandria while it works on outstanding issues at its 24-turbine farm in Groton.

Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman said the company is answering questions about the Groton permit, specifically whether the state's Department of Environmental Services had the authority to allow a change in the location of a building and some turbines, and if the state fire marshal should have been given building, site and fire protection plans before or during construction. The fire marshal also maintains automatic fire suppression systems should have been installed in the turbines.

In a December filing with the state's Site Evaluation Committee, the regulatory body that approves such projects, Iberdrola said it has followed permit requirements.

"Even though we've made significant progress resolving some outstanding issues at our Groton Wind Farm, we're still devoting considerable time and effort toward dealing with those remaining challenges," the statement said. "Due to those pressing responsibilities, and after discussions with local stakeholders, we've decided it's best to hold off on moving forward on our estimated $150 million investment decision at Wild Meadows."