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NH Senate rejects energy moratorium, OKs studies

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley says concerns about the siting process for wind farms and energy transmission projects are legitimate, but a moratorium on energy projects would threaten grid reliability throughout New England.

The Senate rejected the moratorium Thursday, but passed a bill calling for two studies of the siting process, one to be conducted by an independent consultant and the other by lawmakers. Moratorium proponents argued that without a pause property values and small businesses in areas such as the Newfound lakes region with multiple proposed wind farms will continue to suffer.

Opponents said the moratorium language was too broad, affecting all elective energy projects, and the state could improve the siting process without halting it.

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