The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Establishing Wind Power in New Hampshire

Effectively Siting Turbines
PRS Briefs
PRS Policy Brief 0405-05
May 12, 2005
Kalin
Kroetz
Jill
Harris
Madeline
Hwang
Yuni
Yang

Executive Summary

Developing the full potential of wind resources in New Hampshire holds great promise for helping to meet the state's energy needs. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that about 179,000 acres in New Hampshire may be suitable for wind energy development. While much of this land is on federal and state lands, estimates for the amount of power that could be produced each year range from 5-6 million megawatt-hours. This report discusses many of the common concerns associated with the siting of wind turbines, such as noise, aesthetic, and environmental impacts, and examines policies that other states have employed to address these concerns. 

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