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Green Mountain Power threatens eminent domain for transmission lines  

Author:  | Law, Property values, Vermont

Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer, PC

Re: Easement to Green Mountain Power Corporation and Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Over the past few months, Karen Kotecki and others, on behalf of Green Mountain Power Corporation (“Green Mountain Power”) and Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc. (“VEC”) have been in contact with you, in writing and/or through phone conversations, explaining the need to acquire additional rights on an existing VEC easement across your property. The rights relate to a transmission line upgrade by Green Mountain Power and VEC between Lowell and Jay, Vermont which will allow the interconnection fo the Kingdom Community Wind Project to the bulk transmission grid, as well as enhance the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid in this area. As of the date of this letter, we have been unable to secure the necessary updated easement across your property.

Green Mountain Power and VEC would very much like to work with you informally at any convenient time to discuss these additional rights and prepare the necessary documents. It is our hope to resolve the acquisition of the updated right-of-way won your property in the near future. Because of the importance of this project and the proposed timeline to get it built, we need to hear from you soon. If we are not able to do so, we will have to initiate condemnation proceedings. This requires that we file a condemnation petition with the Vermont Public Service Board. The timing of the filing would be sometime late April or May, 2011.

The first step in the condemnation preparation process requires Green Mountain Power to hire an appraiser to show the Public Service Board the “before” situation (with the line as it now exists) and the “after” situation (with the upgrade and/or replacement poles), to determine if there will be any monetary difference between the two. An appraiser will most likely contact you in early February if the issue remains unresolved.

We would very much prefer to work this out with you informally rather than going through the condemnation process. Please contact me as soon as you can via phone at 802-223-21-2 or e-mail, to set up a time to talk about his.

Joslyn Wilschek


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