On Monday night in Grafton, using figures based on hypothetical maximum-use scenarios, dangling 6- and 7-figure payouts, multinational corporation Iberdrola did their best to quiet environmentalist and community opposition to the unprecedented size and short-sightedness of the proposed Stiles Brook Forest industrial wind project whose largest beneficiary is NH-based land owner Meadowsend Timberlands.
Although VPR’s coverage of the meeting is, unfortunately, little more than a recapitulation of the Iberdrola / Meadowsend press release, in fact omitting every last word spoken by residents at the meeting, readers of this blog may wish to note some of the comments at the VPR article, excerpts from which appear below.
96-Megawatt Wind Project Could Bring $1 Million To Grafton, Windham
by Howard Weiss-Tisman, VPR
More than 100 people came out to a meeting Monday to listen to details of a proposed commercial wind project for Grafton. Iberdrola Renewables wants to put 8 turbines there, and 20 in neighboring Windham.
At a meeting in Grafton Monday, project manager Jenny Briot said Iberdrola would pay about $1 million in property taxes to the two Windham County towns if the company moves ahead with the proposed 96-megawatt commercial wind project.
The proposed development would be Vermont’s largest wind project if it proceeds as suggested.
The 28 turbines would be located within an approximately 700-acre corridor within the larger forest.
Developers answered questions for about an hour on issues including lighting, pending lawsuits against Iberdrola, environmental and visual impacts and the effects on human health.
Earlier this year Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell indicated that GMP would be pulling back on its commitment to supporting commercial wind.