Hearings to begin on northern NH wind farm

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A state committee will spend the next few weeks hearing the pros and cons of a plan to build a wind farm in far northern New Hampshire.

Granite Reliable Power wants to put the $247 million project in Dixville and Millsfield. It says the wind farm would create up to 210 jobs and provide enough power to supply 40,000 homes.

Opponents argue that the project would destroy undisturbed, old-growth forests that important habitats for threatened animals.

And an assistant attorney general appointed to look out for consumers says the company has yet to prove it can pay for the project. Peter Roth says he worries that the company will clear the land and then run out of money.

The state’s Site Evaluation Committee will hold hearings starting Monday.

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