What are the environmental impacts of the proposed wind project in Antrim?
There are no rare or endangered species living within our project area and less than 0.2 acres of wetlands will be impacted to build the Antrim Wind Farm. It is true that all developments (homes, shopping malls and new schools) have the potential to impact wildlife habitats. Minimizing environmental impact is one of our primary concerns, which is why the site for the Antrim Wind project with its previous impacts, close proximity to major transportation routes, adjacency to high voltage transmission and its very strong wind resource is such a good choice for a well-sited wind farm. Among the competing energy options we have available to us, wind energy is certainly among the least impactful when compared to coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear.
This project will have clearing limits (encompassing all new impacts) of less than 60 acres and Antrim Wind has worked with local landowners, who have many other development rights available to them, to permanently conserve more than 900 acres of private forestland as an added benefit to wildlife and the community. The SEC has already reached a finding that a 30 MW project would not have an unreasonable impact on wildlife or the natural environment and the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau has determined that the AWE project is unlikely to impact any rare plant species or exemplary natural communities.