Wind Power News: Vermont
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
LOWELL – Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf wants to put two large wind turbines on the Lowell side of his Kidder Hill property rather than on the Irasburg side. And he expects to refile an updated petition for the project within a month, according to Lowell Select Board Chairman Richard Pion. The Kidder Hill Wind project petition was found incomplete by state utility regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission in July. The PUC refused to reconsider the decision, saying that . . .
CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . .
SEARSBURG – The state agency that regulates power utility projects is investigating whether construction blasting from the Deerfield Wind project damaged a man’s home. Francis Candiloro of Searsburg wants the developers of the 15-turbine project to repair damage to his home off Route 8. “All I have asked for is for them to do the repairs,” Candiloro said Saturday, referring to chimney, window and other damage he attributes to blasting for the project. He says the damage occurred between October 2016 . . .
A new state standard governing sound levels permitted from industrial wind turbine projects is restrictive to the point wind developer David Blittersdorf wrote to State Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden, informing her that he has three community wind projects at different stages of planning which would not pass muster under the new rule. Blittersdorf, in a text message to Lyons early last month, referenced three hoped-for wind projects in one of the communications – two are known, in Holland and Irasburg, . . .
New wind sound standards won’t affect Holland project; Impact on pending Kidder Hill Wind is unclear
HOLLAND – The single-turbine Dairy Air Wind Project will not be affected by new noise rules for new wind turbine projects in Vermont. The new rule, which will go into effect Nov. 22, will apply to any wind project that files a petition for a certificate of public good on or after that date, according to state utility and wind project regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission. One pending project that will likely be effected is a project by renewable . . .
The Public Utility Commission has opened an investigation into blasting that was conducted at the Deerfield Wind project. Francis Candiloro lives along Route 8 in Searsburg and he says blasting from the 15-turbine wind project damaged his property. The Public Service Department’s Consumer Affairs and Public Information Division looked into Candiloro’s complaint this summer, and they turned up enough information to initiate an investigation. The Public Utility Commission will open a hearing to see if Deerfield Wind conducted blasting in . . .
SEARSBURG – A Maine-based construction firm will pay state regulators $8,000 in fines for safety violations found after the death of a man at the Deerfield Wind work site last spring. David Sprague, of Windham, Maine, was 59 years old when he was electrocuted at the Putnam Road construction site on April 18. An investigation by the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration into Reed & Reed Inc, a Woolwich, Maine-based company, closed on Monday, according to VOSHA’s website. The investigation . . .
The 10-day window for the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules members to respond to a public records request by Vermonters for a Clean Environment ends today. The records are expected to provide the public with details about communications between committee members and wind industry insiders. VCE alleges LCAR members and lobbyists were engaging in text messages and hallway meetings during an Oct. 12 review of sound standards for industrial-scale wind turbines drafted by the Public Utilities Commission. “We witnessed it . . .
MONTPELIER – The Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules accepted sound standards crafted by the Public Utilities Commission for wind turbines by a 5-2 vote. This rule-making initiative is a requirement of 2016’s Act 174 energy siting policy. So far, both critics and advocates of the new rules appear mostly unhappy with the outcome reached Thursday by the eight-member committee, which is meeting to decide if new noise limits for future wind energy development in Vermont are in keeping with legislative intent . . .
Strict new noise limits will apply to future wind development in Vermont, after a legislative committee gave the controversial rules the go-ahead Thursday. The approval marks a major victory for opponents of large-scale wind energy, whose ranks include Gov. Phil Scott. Environmental advocates have decried the limits as a guarantee that wind energy has no future in Vermont. Yet the sound limits aren’t the country’s most restrictive, Public Utility Commission member Margaret Cheney told legislators Thursday in defense of the . . .