News : Green Alliance believes wind energy is good for all

Apr 8, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Becky Holt

April 5 — To the Editor:

In most cases, properly cited wind projects are a win-win for the clean energy movement and for local towns. We at the Green Alliance love to see folks actively engaging in a dialogue about renewable energy. When it comes to wind power, we need to be wary of what is fact and what is fiction because saying "no" to large-scale solutions to climate change will have a negative impact on not only ourselves but on future generations. A letter by Ray Cunningham ("We have a right to protect our N.H.," March 29), makes a variety of inaccurate claims about wind power.

First, New Hampshire is not required by a federal mandate to purchase wind power. Rather, our nation's energy policy is a patchwork of many different state-based renewable standards combined with federal tax incentives. Massachusetts' and New Hampshire's energy policy choices are largely determined by their state legislatures and implemented by their state public utility commissions. Every New England state has enacted a strong policy in favor of advancing new renewable energy sources.

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