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The Offshore Wind Campaign launched in 2015, organizing community support for an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Maine. Over the course of a few years, 350NH connected with elected officials, passed warrant articles in numerous towns across the state, and got Governor Sununu to request an Offshore Wind Task Force to start the process of establishing an offshore wind farm.
Burning fossil fuels causes global climate change. Sea levels are rising, weather is intensifying and our communities are at risk. In order to avoid catastrophic climate crisis, we need to transition to renewable energy but our politicians have failed to act. It is up to us to lead the way to renewable energy at the local and statewide level. For New Hampshire, this means offshore wind energy. There is enough wind capacity off the coast of New Hampshire to generate 2,600 MW of energy (enough to supply the entire state).
In 2015, we launched our campaign to bring offshore wind to New Hampshire. We pressured then-Governor Hassan, then Governor Sununu. In 2018, we successfully got Governor Sununu to request a federal study of offshore wind developments in New Hampshire! This success was only possible because of all the hard work our volunteers put in to make it happen. The Gulf of Maine Offshore Wind Task Force is currently undergoing the process to build the offshore wind farm.
Check out this article from Energy News about the campaign!
The wind turbines will be quite far offshore, barely visible on the horizon from coastal areas. Regardless, wind turbines are better to look at than polluting towers of coal plants.
Wind turbines are considered quite safe. The turbines are on floating platforms that are anchored to moorings. They are designed to withstand waves, severe storms, hurricane-force winds and even ice flows. They have lightning protection systems and are equipped with navigation and aviation warning lights.
Commercial fishing crews are working with researchers at the new Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island to study the impacts on fishing. Some initial data suggests that there can be different species of fish located under different towers. Those in the fishing industry of RI seem pleased that some of their own are working directly with researchers.
Offshore wind’s potential to reduce air and water pollution have the potential to make the natural world a cleaner, safer place for wildlife. After the construction period, the impact to animals is expected to be minimal and that wildlife will adjust by swimming around the platforms. Construction guidelines have been developed to protect wildlife.
2015: We delivered over 1000 petitions to then-governor Hassan. She failed to act before she left office so we shifted our attention to Governor Sununu.
2016: on the campaign trail, we asked Chris Sununu if he would support offshore wind. He said if there was community support he would not oppose it.
2017: 350NH set out to educate the NH community about offshore wind, and to show definitive community support by passing warrant articles and resolutions around the state and working with businesses to send letters to the governor.
March 2018: 350NH passed 21 resolutions and warrant articles in towns and cities around the state urging the governor to request a task force from the BOEM to start the process of bringing offshore wind to New Hampshire.
April 2018: On earth day over 100 people gathered at the capital to deliver letters from towns, businesses, and legislators to the governor.
Governor Sununu requested a federal study of offshore wind developments in New Hampshire. This is the first step for New Hampshire to build an offshore wind farm.