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Green Mountain National Forest approves wind project  

Credit:  Staff Report, www.rutlandherald.com 3 January 2012 ~~

READSBORO – The Green Mountain National Forest has approved a 15-turbine wind-powered electricity generation proposal for the Deerfield Wind Project in Readsboro and Searsburg but the decision is still subject to appeal.

Iberdola Renewable, an international company with an office in Portland, had proposed building the project near Route 8. The Public Service Board granted the proposal a certificate of public good in April 2009.

The application said the will produce 30 megawatts at peak operating conditions, or enough electricity to power about 14,000 Vermont homes for a year.

In the decision, which was released on Tuesday, Colleen Pelles Madrid, forest supervisor, said the project met an important need.

“It is important to consider the project in the context of the nation’s desire to develop renewable energy sources on all available lands that afford the opportunity including lands managed by federal agencies such as the forest service,” she said.

Appeals must be made within 45 days of a legal notice announcing the decision which is expected to be printed in the Rutland Herald.

Source:  Staff Report, www.rutlandherald.com 3 January 2012

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