NH Voters may have chance to weigh in on offshore wind power
MERRIMACK — Communities throughout the state may have warrant articles on their spring ballots urging the governor to create a task force to study the feasibility of developing offshore wind power in the Gulf of Maine.
“This is very much a kind of grassroots effort,” said Mary Beth Raven of Merrimack, one of the organizers attempting to place a warrant article on Merrimack’s April ballot.
Three communities in New Hampshire have already signed resolutions asking the governor to form the task force: Portsmouth, Dover and Durham. Now, an initiative is underway to gain support from other New Hampshire towns, said Raven.
As the demand for renewable power development grows, she said New Hampshire must begin to join efforts already underway in Massachusetts and Maine to move away from fossil fuels.
Raven previously vacationed on Block Island where the nation’s first wind farm began operating in Rhode Island earlier this year.
“I found them fascinating and beautiful, although I know not everyone agrees,” she said. “This could create cheap energy. It could be cleaner energy.”
About 60 percent of electricity in New Hampshire is generated from natural gas that comes from out of state, according to Raven. Here, in New Hampshire, there is the possibility of creating an offshore wind farm 12 miles offshore that could create local jobs and local energy, she said.
“We could be more sustainable with offshore wind turbines,” Raven maintained.