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NH wind application incomplete; delay bid denied

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm •  Published: January 14, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire panel considering a wind power project has determined the application is incomplete and sent it back to project backers for more information.

In the order issued late Monday, the Site Evaluation Committee also denied a bid by an environmental group to delay the 23-turbine Wild Meadows project in Danbury and Alexandria until new siting regulations are completed next year.

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.

Iberdrola has 10 days to update the application.

"The SEC application and permit process is very detailed and quite comprehensive," Iberdrola spokesman Paul Copleman said in an emailed statement. "We will work rapidly to address the issues the SEC has raised."

The SEC sent the application to several state agencies that found the application failed to:

— Include enough information about the effect the project would have on historical resources and did not include an archaeological survey.

— Identify a qualified holder for a proposed conservation easement on land known as the "Patten Brook parcel."

— Recognize the state fire marshal as the agency with jurisdiction over regulating the plant.

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