[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

UPC leads site visit to areas around proposed wind farm 

Three Public Service Board members and about 30 others drove along hilly, narrow dirt roads to view the Sheffield Wind Farm site Friday.

Representatives from the Department of Public Service, Washington Electric Coop, UPC Wind and other interested parties met at the Wheelock Town Hall Friday morning for a multi stop site visit to areas thought to be impacted by the proposed wind utility. UPC’s proposed wind energy plant as it was revised last month calls for 14 wind turbines in Sheffield and two in Sutton on Norris Mountain, Granby Mountain and Libby Hill, down from 26 turbines as originally proposed.

The first stop was a turnoff near an overgrown logging road where the Vermont Electric Cooperative’s power line intersects New Duck Pond Road, a curvy, gravel, class III road running from Sheffield to Barton parallel to Interstate Route 91. Duck Pond Road is the proposed route on which UPC Wind would transport several of the wind turbines. The road would need to be graded, widened at points, and some curves would need to be “softened” to accommodate turbine and construction crane equipment, and turbine blades measuring 153 feet would have to clear corners along the road, UPC spokesmen said.

Once parts arrived atop Norris Mountain, Granby Mountain and Libby Hill, a 90- to 100-meter construction crane would be used to put it together, said David Cowan, environmental engineer for UPC.

“UPC is not proposing to restrict access at this time,” said Andrew Raubvogel, an attorney for UPC, addressing concerns from Ellen Gray, a Sutton resident and wind opponent. The area targeted for the facility has already been logged for years, so trails and skid roads already exist, Cowan said. The nearest residence to a turbine would be a little over a half-mile away, he said.

The group also stopped in Barton at the Crystal Lake State Park. All 16 of the 420-foot-tall wind turbines on the ridgeline 5.7 miles away would be visible from the park’s beach. A wind-measuring tower rising nearly 100 feet above the tree line can be seen there now.

Several people expressed disappointment that UPC did not have balloon simulations to show how tall and from where turbines could be seen, but Raubvogel said UPC thought it would “be prudent” not to fly the balloons without permission from the board, which was not required. Raubvogel said the company did not want to remove the necessary trees or take other steps to launch what he said were dirigibles rather than balloons and would have required a vast area of cleared land.

Some wind opponents expressed concern over road access, wetlands, aesthetics and other issues.

Another site visit is planned for November.

By Carla Occaso Times Argus Staff


This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky