[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Vermont House to pursue wind energy solutions in the off season; Compromise bill passes in 140-3 vote  

Credit:  By Stewart Ledbetter | April 26, 2013 | www.wptz.com ~~

The debate over commercial wind projects on Vermont mountaintops will continue next year at the Statehouse.

By a vote of 140-3 Friday afternoon the House passed a scaled-down wind bill that directs two legislative committees to hold meetings over the summer. The panels will explore a range of issues around industrial wind farms, their impact on local communities and their contribution to the state power mix.

And that’s a far cry from the original bill introduced in the Senate at the start of the session that would have imposed a three-year moratorium on new industrial wind projects. That idea was since withdrawn.

To wind critics, something was better than nothing.

Rep. Sam Young, a Glover Democrat, said the 400-foot turbines now spinning in both Sheffield and Lowell have “actually really torn apart our communities, they’ve pitted people against each other.”

Rep. Don Turner of Milton, whose district abuts the new Georgia Mountain four turbine project, said he hears daily from constituents who are either for and against them.

“They tore up the mountain and the wind turbines haven’t turned all week,” Turner told colleagues in the floor debate. “These questions, there’s so many unanswered questions.”

Rep. Tony Klein, a staunch proponent of renewable energy and chair of the House Energy Committee, said the bill would ensure “the conversation continues” over issues surrounding the state’s wind policy.

“We’ll look at it all,” Klein said, over the half-dozen sessions he’ll convene this summer and fall, and said a new proposal may emerge next session as a result.

Lawmakers are also eager to see results expected shortly from a special commission appointed by the governor that’s been studying the fairness of current state rules for siting electric generation facilities, and whether small towns have an adequate voice.

Wind turbines, Klein said, “have obviously affected people in a lot of communities. That’s not good. We have to change that.”

Source:  By Stewart Ledbetter | April 26, 2013 | www.wptz.com

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 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 Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


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