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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 23, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Caucus: Emissions reduction mandate is linchpin of session’s climate legislation

St. JOHNSBURY – The Legislature’s inaction on climate action bills last session may be reversed next time around as a key House lawmaker and climate caucus members plan to move more sweeping climate legislation next session. The legislative Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus both promoted and explained its plans while hearing the public’s concerns at a forum Wednesday night in St. Johnsbury. (Additional forums are listed at the end of this article.) Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, said the caucus was frustrated by . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Brandon adopts energy plan, expects regional commission will approve

The PUC has permitting authority over all energy generation projects in Vermont. Its authority overrides local zoning laws. A few years ago, after hearing complaints from municipalities over this, the Legislature passed a law allowing local governments to gain “substantial deference” before the PUC on proposed energy projects. Towns were already considered “intervenors” in these matters, but having substantial deference requires the PUC to give more weight to town concerns. To gain this status, the town in question must have adopted an enhanced energy plan that meets the state’s criteria. Complete story »

October 15, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

PUC won’t change decision over smaller turbine for Holland farm

HOLLAND – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission won’t reconsider a decision to allow a developer to propose a smaller wind turbine for Dairy Air Farm in Holland. The commission in July allowed Dairy Air Wind to amend its standard-offer contract with state electricity utilities to extend the deadline to raise the turbine – if granted a certificate of public good – until after all appeals are resolved. Complete story »

October 4, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Biologist to speak on effect of wind turbines on black bears

BENNINGTON – Jaclyn Comeau, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will talk about the research she has been conducting on the effect of wind turbines on the black bear population at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Bennington Museum. The talk is a program of the Bennington Historical Society, and is free and open to the public. For many years, Comeau has been studying the effects of wind turbines on the black bear population in Searsburg and . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy trade scheme comes under scrutiny

When Vermont policymakers discuss the state’s rising greenhouse gas emissions, the consensus is that the electric sector is doing pretty well. Vermont requires utilities to supply 75% of their energy renewably by 2032 – one of the highest mandates in the country – and multiple utilities are already 100% renewable. Nationally, electricity accounts for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions; in Vermont, electricity accounts for just shy of 10%. But what Vermont utilities actually count toward their renewable requirements does not always align . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Blittersdorf could face a fine in Kidder Hill case

Hearing officer: Met tower required a Certificate Of Public Good. IRASBURG – Wind developer David Blittersdorf should have sought state permission to put up a wind test tower on his Kidder Hill property where he eventually erected two small wind turbines for a few years and unsuccessfully sought to raise two large turbines. In a decision issued late Thursday, John Cotter, hearing officer for the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, stated that Blitterdorf’ failed to get a certificate of public good for . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Burlington Electric continues to purchase Sheffield Wind power despite reports of mechanical failures

Burlington Electric has decided to continue purchasing power from Sheffield Wind’s 16 turbines for another five years despite skepticism from critics and a local resident over whether the facility is functioning properly. For this contract BED will purchase 16 megawatts of its 40-megawatt production. “Including wind power in our energy mix is good for Burlingtonians. With this agreement to continue purchasing Vermont wind energy, we’re supporting our work to both keep rates low and pursue our Net Zero Energy goal,” . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland, NVDA to appeal Dairy Air Wind decision

HOLLAND – The town of Holland and Northeastern Vermont Development Association will ask state utility regulators to reconsider allowing a developer to propose a smaller wind turbine for a Holland farm field. In July, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission gave Dairy Air Wind permission to change plans mid-stream. Complete story »

July 18, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Complications dog Dairy Air Wind project

HOLLAND – Complications and opposition continue to dog the proposal for a large wind turbine on a dairy farm in Holland. State regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission decided to allow the wind developer to propose a smaller capacity turbine on Dairy Air Farm, in an area where limits on the electric grid capacity have put wind and solar projects on hold. The review of the project’s merits by the commission’s hearing officer Thomas Knauer should resume soon. Knauer said . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind allowed to change turbine size

HOLLAND – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission on Thursday allowed the Dairy Air Wind developer to propose a smaller capacity wind turbine for a farm field in Holland and still quality for preferential electrical rates. That should pave the way for a reopened review of the petition by Dairy Air Wind for a certificate of public good for a wind turbine at Dairy Air Farm on School Road. The review will now be about a 1.5 megawatt capacity wind turbine rather . . . Complete story »

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