To The Daily Sun,
Alexandria has learned a lot in recent years regarding the power of our government and state agencies to make decisions that benefit corporate industrial interests, while we apparently have no say. Current law places the decision about where wind projects will go into the hands of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), a regulatory state agency that was created to permit, to regulate — which means to allow.
However, there is a process set in place by our forefathers to change the way government operates so it serves, We the People! Article 10, Part First of the N.H. Constitution; appropriately called the Right of Revolution, reads: "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men: therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
Alexandria has been fighting corporate industrial wind projects since about 2009 when Iberdrola began to silently secure land leases and erect MET towers for their Wild Meadows project. The people of Alexandria did not really learn about the project until the fall of 2012 when Iberdrola scheduled public meetings to disclose their plans for our community.
The people of Alexandria immediately launched full-scale opposition efforts. Opposition efforts have included a resolution vote in 2013 opposing industrial wind turbine projects within Alexandria, a 2014 (3 to 1) vote in favor of a Community Rights Based Ordinance (RBO), and a newly proposed 2015 RBO designed to strengthen our current one. An RBO is a binding local law, enforceable by the selectmen and residents, to protect our health, safety and welfare, and to exercise our right to govern by consent.
Due to an incomplete SEC application and significant local opposition, Iberdrola terminated all land leases and removed the MET towers for the Wild Meadows project in May 2014. Since the withdrawal of Iberdrola's Wild Meadows industrial wind project, we have learned that Energias de Portugal (EDP) intends to move forward with the Spruce Ridge project which includes the town of Alexandria and four others. EDP has ignored the vote of the people and bullied Alexandria into issuing a MET tower building permit that the selectmen attempted to refuse.
It is apparent that EDP does not understand the residents of Alexandria do not want a single industrial wind turbine within our town. We are not a "wind resource colony" at the disposal of corporate industrial entities seeking profits at the expense of the people and ecosystems of Alexandria.
If you believe that government is by the people, and government derives its power from the people, and if you believe that Alexandria is not a "Wind Resource Colony," then here is an opportunity to take action on your beliefs. Vote "Yes" on Article 16 on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk's office if you are not available to make the polling hours.