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Fire marshal OKs Groton Wind operations after deeming facility safe

In August 2013, the state Fire Marshal’s Office found that the plant’s owners did not file fire code and safety code plans with the fire marshal, failed to provide required fire suppression at the turbines, and had not obtained proper approval from state agencies for its design and construction of the plant and its Operations and Maintenance building, which the company moved across the street from its originally stipulated location.
10 Oct 2014

'Progress' seen at Groton Wind inspection

The state’s Site Evaluation Committee has threatened to close the plant and remove its operating certificate because the company and its parent corporation, Spanish wind giant Iberdrola Renewables, failed to get permits for its plant and operations structure from appropriate state agencies when the plant was built in 2011.
23 May 2014

Expanding Balsams ski resort: money, jobs and a regulatory challenge

Using an industry rule of thumb, the setback for turbines likes those in the North Country would be about 800 feet, says Rene Cattin, a Swiss researcher who studies wind turbines in cold weather. But, Cattin said, his research shows that ice isn’t thrown more than about 500 feet. However, there are safety issues beyond ice throw, issues that could occur year-round.
16 May 2014

N.H. Fire Marshall reaches agreement with Groton Wind farm

The agreement stipulates that except for the installation of fire suppression at the turbines, Groton Wind will bring the facility into compliance with the fire and building codes by May 1 or "immediately and without any demand from the state, shut down any building or structure not in compliance." At the same time, Groton Wind agreed to install fire suppression in "each and every turbine".
18 Apr 2014

Balsams Resort hopes to avoid obstacle in road to redevelopment

Otten declined through his spokesman Skip King to elaborate on his plan, but clearly one of the "hurdles" is the turbine setback issue. The letter states the "Balsams View has assured the commission that the 500 to 1,000 foot buffers as outlined in the lease agreements would provide more than adequate safety for skiers and lifts near the turbines" rather than 1,300 feet which is in another permitting document.
15 Apr 2014

Wind energy company cited for Groton violations

A state fire marshal section chief has notified the state’s Site Evaluation Committee of 22 building and safety code violations at the 24-turbine Groton Wind facility. The SEC issued a ruling in November warning wind energy company Iberdrola that the committee had received correspondence claiming that Iberdrola is “operating the facility … in violation of the terms and conditions of the certificate of site.”
28 Mar 2014

Plymouth fire chief opposes wind park

Houses at Eagle's Nest on Plymouth's Tenney Mountain would be the first residential area to be affected by wildfires from the park, said Fire Chief Casino Clogston. Clogston said not only was it his responsibility to protect lives and property but also to ensure that his responders can do their jobs as safely as possible.
28 Sep 2010
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