To The Daily Sun,
As many people know, Energias de Portugal, the industrial wind farm people, after being turned down in their request for a meteorological tower (MET) in Alexandria, threatened to sue that town and I believe individual selectmen as well. Not having the resources of a multibillion-dollar corporation, Alexandria pretty much had no choice but to capitulate to this bullying by them.
The MET tower was needed, they say, to study the wind to see if in fact Alexandria, Canaan, and Dorchester were suitable sites. Sounds very reasonable so far. Here's the part we should all find very curious. Alexandria approved that tower to study the winds on Sept. 30. It was a quick install because on Nov. 5, Executive Vice President of EDP William Whitlock declared, "There's no question that there's plenty of wind in the area." His quote is from the Nov. 15 issue of the Union Leader.
EDP has filed for approval with the FAA because these things are one-tenth of a mile tall. A project that is to cost around $150 million, or more is attempting to go ahead based on a one month study of the wind? "There's no question that there's plenty of wind in the area," really?
Anyone who has lived in the Newfound Lake region knows that sometimes it's breezy and a lot of the times it's dead calm. It's a seasonal thing, not a month of October thing. What sort of a company would gamble like this? One that does not care if the wind blows or not. One that is getting free money from New Hampshire ($4 million, "thanks Gov. Hassan") and from the feds just to build them. It's not a gamble at all. This is a high tech Old West Medicine Show.
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