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Wind backers oppose NH moratorium; vote Wednesday

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Advocates for wind energy say a new report shows the renewable power source is good for the environment and the electricity grid.

The report issued Tuesday by Environment New Hampshire indicates use of wind in the state - which accounts for about 1.5 percent of the total electricity produced - takes smog-causing pollutants out of the air and conserves water.

Environment New Hampshire and other supporters say the House of Representatives should defeat a measure calling for a moratorium on new wind projects until the state has a comprehensive energy plan.

Opponents of wind power, including New Hampshire Wind Watch, say damage to the state's scenic beauty and wildlife outweighs the energy benefit.

Rep. Robert Backus of Hillsborough opposes the moratorium. He says its fate is unclear in Wednesday's vote.

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