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Turbines in Groton are not always turning, anyone know why?

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To The Daily Sun,

I've been noticing for the past three or four days the Iberdrola turbines in Groton are not always all turning. Actually, since they've been there, two, or three, or more are often just sitting up there doing nothing. Four or five days ago though they were all still. Can anyone say why that may be?

Is it because the there is no demand for any of the pitiful output they are capable, and is that why some are shut down? And on the days they are all just decoration is it just not breezy enough? My guess is the turbines proposed for Alexandria need to be 500 feet tall because the Spanish company has found taller and taller is the only way to get to some wind around here that is somewhat constant enough to look good on paper. Five hundred feet folks.

Next time you're driving down I-93 notice the mile markers, and as you wiz by one, look waaay down the road to the next one. It is 1/10th of a mile away. That's just 20 feet more than Iberdrola's proposed wind turbine height — 1/10th of a mile high.
I have lived in the Lakes Region since 1976 — Moultonborough for 33 years until I got tired of the lights and traffic. I've got a good long history with Newfound Lake though, vacationed here on the north end of her since I was born in 1948. I now live in the house my dad built in 1984 and could not ask for more.

Through the years I've seen more and more people move permanently to this lovely region and something I've noticed is that even with growth, for the most part the region has not changed that much and that's what brings visitors and tourists here season after season. The folks who reside here have worked hard to maintain the low-key nature of this spot. Just because it is an area with some population and not a northern wilderness (they of course have the Northern Pass issue) should not mean it's OK to become a money-maker for a foreign company with the blessings of some our own New Hampshire politicians (not Jeannie Forrester, who has been particularly vocal against this blight).

By now everyone knows New Hampshire would not be the beneficiary any of electricity produced by the turbines, as it would go into the grid and the extra produced (like the extra that has been produced right along by our own plants) would flow south. Connecticut has put a hold on wind turbines, why? And, is it not windy at all in the Berkshires, or does Massachusetts just wish to not despoil it's own beautiful areas if it's northern neighbor is willing to betray theirs?

Pete Wirth