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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 the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

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 »

February 6, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont agrees to refund wind developer $75K

Vermont has agreed to refund a wind developer $75,000 for a project on hold in Swanton. Vermont Public Radio reports the decision Monday comes after the state Supreme Court ruled in December that Swanton Wind was entitled to all or part of the $100,000 fee it paid for an environmental review of the project. Swanton Wind withdrew the 20-megawatt planned project in 2017 after the Public Utility Commission said the developer didn’t do a study on the effects on the . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

WTF: what’s up with the dead wind turbine in South Burlington?

Vermont’s license plate motto for the 21st century could be “The Green Energy State.” The state consistently ranks in the top 10 in the country for investments in renewable power, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Vermonters’ pride in their clean energy may explain why some get irked when they see a wind turbine sitting idle on a windy day instead of generating juice. Earlier this month, a Reddit commenter complained about one tired turbine, which stands just west . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Court rules state has to refund fee for Swanton Wind project that’s on hold

The Vermont Supreme Court says the state has to repay a wind developer all or part of a $100,000 fee required for environmental review of a project in Swanton that is now on hold. The developers had paid the fee, but asked for the money back after an adverse ruling from the state Public Utility Commission. The Swanton Wind project has had a somewhat tortured history. The 20-megawatt facility was planned for a hilltop in Swanton, but neighbors – including former . . . Complete story »

January 7, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Court: Refund Swanton Wind developers

SWANTON – Swanton Wind’s developers are getting a partial refund of their $100,000 regulatory application fee, and they won’t have to pay other parties’ attorney fees should they decide to renew the project. That’s according to a Vermont Supreme Court ruling issued Dec. 21. Attorneys Leslie A. Cadwell and Alison Milbury Stone filed an appeal to the Supreme Court after the project’s developers, Swanton residents Travis and Ashley Belisle, withdrew the project’s regulatory application in Nov. 2017. At the same time, . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

PUC orders wind project to release sound monitoring data

A case brought against the wind project in Sheffield by Sutton homeowner Paul Brouha continues with an order filed in recent weeks requiring Vermont Wind to share data and sound monitoring results with Brouha. Brouha has contended almost since the Vermont Wind, LLC industrial wind plant became operational that it has exceeded the permitted noise levels allowed in its Certificate for Public Good (CPG) which allows it to operate by the state of Vermont. After fighting for an independent analysis, . . . Complete story »

December 23, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

VEC drops opposition to Dairy Air Wind turbine

HOLLAND – Vermont Electric Cooperative on Friday withdrew opposition to the Dairy Air Wind turbine planned for a Holland farm field in exchange for financial compensation from the wind developer. Dairy Air Wind has agreed to shut down its own turbine, if it is approved, whenever New England grid operators put constraints on existing renewable energy sources in this area, including the 21 Lowell wind turbines, that would increase costs for VEC members. If the Holland turbine is not shut down, . . . Complete story »

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