The Campaign: 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.
Check out this article from Energy News about the campaign!
Why We Want Wind: 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).
How to build an offshore wind farm: To construct an offshore wind farm off the coast of New Hampshire the governor has to request a task force from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). This task force will talk with stakeholders, assess the coast and determine the viability of an offshore wind farm. If it seems viable, BOEM will start a leasing process for offshore wind developers (this can include coops that will allow for community-owned power). New Hampshire does not have to pay for the task force. Every other state on the east coast with wind potential has already initiate the process.
Keep money in our local economy: NH spends over 6 billion dollars per year buying dirty energy from out of state
Jobs: Create long term clean energy jobs for NH
Ratepayers save money: Massachusetts electricity users will save about $1.4 billion thanks to offshore wind developments
Protect our coast: Offshore wind turbines do not impact coastal views
Climate change: We need to stop burning fossil fuels in order to avoid catastrophic climate change and sea level rise
The wind turbines will be quite far offshore, barely visible on the horizon from coastal areas.
Are wind turbines safe? What if there’s a severe storm?
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.
Will the turbines restrict fishing?
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.
Will they disrupt whale or bird migration?
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.
These Towns and Cities passed Resolutions asking Governor Sununu to request a task force on Offshore Wind: