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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 are the products of and copyrighted by the organizations or individuals noted. They are reproduced here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

ISO-NE will require wind, intermittent hydro to bid into day-ahead energy markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England now requires wind- and intermittent hydro resources with a capacity supply obligation to offer into the grid operator’s day-ahead energy market, the grid operator announced Tuesday. The grid operator called it “another milestone” in its efforts to incorporate renewables into the regional marketplace. The requirement, effective June 1, comes three years after the ISO launched the Do Not Exceed (DNE) dispatch project, enabling those resources to take electronic dispatch instructions from the grid operator. Requiring DNE resources to participate . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2019 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bennington’s Trojan horse – the Energy Committee

I was surprised that the Bennington Select Board would authorize an Energy Committee, made up of volunteers and to report its findings to the board. Such committees are sprouting up all over Vermont, five in Bennington County. On the surface the stated purpose for creating such a committee is commendable – to suggest ways to save energy, assist with reducing the communities greenhouse gas emissions, and foster ways to utilize renewable energy resources. But what is the hidden agenda of . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Nature Conservancy finalizes $3.5 million Glebe Mountain purchase

At one point, McGraw was working with Catamount Energy Corporation and Marubeni Power on plans to lease parts of the land for a 27-turbine wind farm, but after a negative reception locally, the companies pulled the project in 2006. Complete story »

April 14, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

GMP all in on renewables, carbon-free

Officials at Green Mountain Power announced on Saturday an “energy vision” to have all of the energy the utility supplies be carbon free by 2025 and all of that supply generated by renewable sources by 2030. Green Mountain Power, or GMP, committed in 2008 to innovating and moving quickly to increase renewable energy resources. Their current energy supply is 90 percent carbon free and more than 60 percent renewable, according to a statement released on Saturday. The new goal was . . . Complete story »

March 15, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Developer: Dairy Air Wind dilemma caused by state regulators

HOLLAND – The Dairy Air Wind Project developer needs more time to build a smaller wind turbine on a farm in Holland because of “an unpredictable regulatory process that is out of alignment” with legislative goals for more renewable energy. The DAW developer also says delays in the process are costing the chance to earn essential federal tax credits. DAW’s attorney told the Vermont Public Utilities Commission last week that the commission should give DAW an open-ended deadline to raise a . . . Complete story »

Grid exec sees risks in gas, renewables reliance

New England’s growing reliance on natural gas and renewable power comes with a risk that demand for energy in the region could outpace available supplies. So says Gordon van Welie, CEO of ISO-New England, the organization that operates the regional electricity grid, in a “State of the Grid” conference call. While van Welie insisted that the energy infrastructure is a “strong foundation,” he did say it is vulnerable, since natural gas – the cornerstone of the region’s energy supply – is susceptible . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

3,500 acres on Glebe Mountain to be conserved

WINDHAM – Glebe Mountain, which was once the proposed site for a 27-turbine wind farm, will soon be removed from the rolls of land in Vermont open to development. The Nature Conservancy announced last week it will be purchasing 3,500 acres in Windham and Londonderry, conserving it for generations to come. “We have been doing conservation work in this area for may years and identified the Glebe Mountain forest block as an important ecological feature in southern Vermont,” said Jonathan Binhammer, . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind must explain need for smaller turbine

HOLLAND – State utility regulators want more information about why wind developer David Blittersdorf wants to put up a smaller industrial-grade wind turbine on Dairy Air Farm in Holland. And Thomas Knauer, hearing officer for the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, also wants to know why Dairy Air Wind thinks a smaller-capacity turbine would alleviate concerns by opponents and whether Dairy Air Wind has talked about the changes with opponents. The request for information came out the same day that Dairy Air . . . Complete story »

February 8, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Deerfield Wind Bear Study public meeting on Monday

WOODFORD – A public meeting on the Deerfield Wind Black Bear Study will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Woodford Town Hall, 1391 Route 9. Surrounding the Deerfield Wind Project are some of the largest concentrations of bear scarred beech trees left in Vermont. The Deerfield Wind Black Bear Study is designed to better understand impacts that large-scale wind development has on bear use of these important feeding sites. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has been . . . Complete story »

Offshore wind project hits rough water in New England

America’s first major offshore wind project is caught in a crosswind. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission declined this week to rule on a waiver that would have eased the wind developer’s entry into New England’s electricity market. The decision, or lack thereof, prompted an unusual round of public sniping among FERC commissioners on Twitter and highlights the simmering tensions in New England, where state climate ambitions are straining against the structure of the region’s wholesale electricity markets. Some environmentalists and . . . Complete story »

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