September 20, 2017

Antrim Wind: Testing the SEC’s New Rules on Aesthetics

The March 2017 decision of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) to issue a Certificate of Site and Facility to the 28.8 megawatt Antrim Wind renewable energy project (Antrim II) marked the first application of a set of administrative rules that, among other goals, sought to protect against unreasonable adverse effects on aesthetics.

Aesthetics was only one statutory element affected by the new rules adopted in 2015, which interpreted the 2015 version of RSA 162-H:16 (IV)(c) (see Susan Geiger’s article in the Sept. 21, 2016 issue of Bar News). Yet given that the SEC rejected the first Antrim Wind application in April 2013 primarily on aesthetics grounds (Antrim I), and considering the SEC’s decision in crafting the new rule to import and modify the so-called “Quechee test” from Vermont land-use permitting jurisprudence, the SEC’s decision will likely serve as a benchmark for evaluating future siting full article on the New Hampshire Bar News website.


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