Majority oppose building wind turbines in Antrim – 249 participants

May 08, 2017

The state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) gave final approval for Antrim Wind Energy LLC to build nine wind turbines along Tuttle Hill and the Willard Mountain ridge line. Antrim Wind will start construction later this year. Read more about the issue here. On May 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Do you support building nine wind turbines in Antrim?”

“Do you support building nine wind turbines in Antrim?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Antrim Wind New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 249 participants gave 517 responses

A total of 89% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 11% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 249 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 517 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.

What Participants Said:

No: A strong majority, at 63% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were opposed to building nine wind turbines in Antrim. 

  • “The destruction these monstrosities would do to a very special environment along with the serious wholly negative impacts on Antrim residents can never justify the small amount of electricity that would be sent to Massachusetts.”
  • “No, NH already produces more energy than it consumes.”
  • “This liberal and environmentalist says no to permanently scarring mountaintops for a project of sketchy financial viability.”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 37%, were in favor of building nine wind turbines in Antrim.   

  • “Renewable power should be a priority, and with the amount of wind we get in NH, I’m surprised we don’t have more turbines.”
  • “I would be happy to see some here. Eventually we have to get serious about sustainable energy.”
  • “I support wind turbines being built everywhere.”

Other: As noted above, 11% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:  

  • Indecision: “I’m always very iffy on wind turbines, because they do chop up a lot of birds. I’d say I’m 50/50 no it.”
  • Jurisdiction: “Seems to me it should be up to Antrim residents and not the state at all.”
  • Technology: “Aren't there newer versions for collecting wind power that are safer for the birds than [the] windmill type?”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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