Letter: Clean Energy Needs Help

To the Editor:

The Nov. 29 article “Company Pitches Grafton Wind Farm” expressed both the concerns and questions of Upper Valley residents regarding wind power. Currently, New Hampshire is dependent on non-renewable energy sources. This reliance is unsustainable, produces pollution and poses a risk to public health.

A shift to renewable resources will benefit wildlife, reducing emissions from fossil fuels that pollute local environments. Already, 30,000 New Hampshire residents have switched to wind power to provide power to their homes. This technology has even greater potential; according to the National Renewable Energy Lab, it could supply 60 percent of the power needed by New Hampshire households.

Moving toward green energy is possible only if Congress acts to renew tax credits that expire at the end of the year. The production tax credit and investment tax credit both provide funds for clean energy such as wind power, which is crucial for supporting this technology as more New Hampshire residents turn away from fossil fuels.

I urge senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte to support clean energy incentives, such as the renewal of both of these tax credits. I also ask Granite Staters to contact their congressmen and request that they support these measures to ensure the continued success of wind power. These tax credits will benefit New Hampshire as it looks forward to a cleaner future.

Victoria Tersigni

Intern, Environment New Hampshire