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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.

March 27, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland wind turbine project officially over

Gov. Phil Scott vowed in his first campaign for governor to fight any new ridgeline wind projects that faced steep community pushback. Blittersdorf said he feels the commission “ran out the clock” on the project. “It became obvious that I was pounding my head against a brick wall on this, and so I had to cut my losses,” he said, estimating his losses at millions of dollars. Blittersdorf added that he ended up repurposing five wind turbines originally destined for Vermont projects to a wind farm in Massachusetts. Complete story »

March 24, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Commission dismisses last wind project in Vermont

HOLLAND – State utility regulators have thrown out the application for permission to raise a single industrial-grade wind turbine on a farm field in Holland – ending the last active petition for a major wind project in Vermont. The Vermont Public Utilities Commission issued an order to dismiss with prejudice the petition by Dairy Air Wind developer David Blittersdorf. Complete story »

March 12, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bill boosting in-state renewable power worries utilities, regulators

Critics argue the new renewable requirement would have both high costs and unintended consequences. The Vermont Electric Cooperative, a Johnson-based utility that serves 32,000 members, testified about the potential impact on the cost of electricity. “Our big concern is that these new requirements would really put upward pressure on rates, increase rates, on people who can least afford to pay for it,” said Andrea Cohen, VEC’s government relations manager. “And we’re not seeing the value-add in terms of really busting carbon, or making a positive environmental impact,” she said. Complete story »

March 6, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland hopeful Dairy Air Wind is ‘dead’

HOLLAND – The developer of a proposed single large wind turbine for a farm field in Holland has asked state regulators to dismiss the petition without any chance to resubmit it in the future. That is what the town of Holland is seeking. Holland voters raised the issue at Tuesday’s town meeting. When asked if that means the town won’t incur any more costs to fight the wind project, Holland Select Board Chairman Norm Fortin crossed his fingers. Selectman Tim Sykes . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Cost of boosting renewable energy mandate gives senators pause

A plan to speed up Vermont’s adoption of renewable energy is hitting headwinds over concerns about potentially enormous costs. Senators seem to support a bill that would require electric utilities to get all of their power from renewable sources by 2030. The state’s renewable energy standard already calls for them to reach 75 percent renewable by 2032. So the new benchmark seemed manageable to members of the Senate Finance Committee. But the bill’s call to double – from 10 percent to . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

$1.2 billion partial cost of transition to ‘Fortress Vermont’ 100% instate renewable energy

For years, renewable electricity advocates have dreamed of powering Vermont with instate, renewable generation and power storage. Today, the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee learned more about the likely costs of making that happen. The figures are sobering: $1.2 billion over five years for just two of the many necessary changes. Building a “Fortress Vermont” 100% instate renewable power-only system would cost more than $900 million in new back-up power storage costs alone, officials for Vermont Electric Power Company . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Divided House committee signs off on compromise Act 250 bill

A sharply divided House committee agreed to a series of sweeping changes to Vermont’s landmark land-use law Thursday, including a controversial provision that would limit the power of volunteer district commissions. The 94-page draft bill still has a long way to go to become law. But its approval by the House Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Committee marked a significant milestone in the nearly two-year-long effort to modernize Act 250. Even the bill’s supporters, however, acknowledged that changes to the . . . Complete story »

February 13, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Despite concerns, House committee approves Act 250 compromise

A key House committee Thursday approved a major overhaul of Act 250, Vermont’s development review law. After more than a year of work, the House Natural Resources Committee voted 6-3 to approve big changes to how Vermont reviews and directs development. Two members were absent. The bill would exempt from Act 250 review developments in designated downtowns. It would increase protections to wildlife connector areas and makes projects above 2,000 feet subject to Act 250 review. Middlebury Democrat Amy Sheldon . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Red lights on Lowell Mountains won’t dim soon

CRAFTSBURY – Green Mountain Power (GMP) issued an interim report to the Public Utilities Commission in January indicating a significant setback to installing an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) for the Kingdom Community Wind (KCW) site on the Lowell Mountains. The report was presented to the select board at its January meeting. Preston Gregory, KCW supervisor, stated that recent “significant developments” warranted the update which appears to be another obstacle to installing an acceptable radar detection system on the mountain. The . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

State: Blittersdorf should pay $2,500 penalty in Kidder Hill case in Irasburg

IRASBURG – Vermont agencies say a property owner on Kidder Hill should face a penalty for erecting a wind test tower without state permission on the same land where he put up two small wind turbines and at one time considered two large ones. In a case that’s under investigation by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, the Vermont Department of Public Service states that Kidder Hill property owner and renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf should face a penalty of $2,500 for . . . Complete story »

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