NEW CASTLE – Local fishermen concerned about the implications of offshore wind turbines, members of the public who support the concept of offshore wind in the state and other interested residents are invited to a public hearing in New Castle Oct. 14.


A legislative offshore wind energy development committee was formed earlier this year to explore the possibility of positioning wind turbines off the coast of New Hampshire. According to chair Renny Cushing, D-Hampton, the group has met five times with a variety of public and private entities and officials from Maine. Now they want to hear from residents.


According to Cushing, committee discussion at this point is veering toward a regional approach to offshore wind. He said both Maine and Massachusetts have discussed sitting turbines as close as Boon Island in Maine and Cape Ann, Mass. “but no one has taken a look to see if we can connect the dot between the two. I assume the wind is still good in between as well,” he said.


Among those who are expected to attend the public hearing is Eric Anderson, the president of the New Hampshire Commercial Fisherman’s Association, and a lobsterman. Anderson was invited to attend at the request of another committee member, Rep. David Borden, D-New Castle.


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