[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

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

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Noise-level standards met, sanctions still possible  

Credit:  Noise levels at Lowell wind project meet standards, finally; Earlier violations, though, prompt Vermont regulators to schedule sanctions | Written by Joel Banner Baird, Free Press Staff Writer | Burlington Free Press | Jul. 17, 2013 | www.burlingtonfreepress.com ~~

Third time’s a charm: The owners of an industrial wind power facility in Lowell announced Wednesday that sound levels, measured in a May 22-June 5 test, remained within regulated limits.

Green Mountain Power’s news release follows by two days a Public Service Board (PSB) order that calls for a hearing to consider sanctions against the utility for noise violations documented between December and March.

Kingdom Community Wind, owned by Green Mountain Power (GMP), came online last fall. It is designed to reliably generate 63 megawatts of power, or enough electricity for the needs of about 24,000 Vermont homes.

Monitored continuously, the 21 turbines at Kingdom Community Wind never exceeded standards set by the Vermont Public Service Board – even while running at top capacity.

The data, measured at four different locations, were verified by an independent third party, Schnure wrote.

The timing of GNP’s celebratory memo is “disingenuous,” Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, told the Burlington Free Press.

She likewise castigated the PSB for “a total lack of accountability” for inadequately representing the noise and health concerns of local residents, particularly those in Albany and Craftsbury.

“The board is holding this hearing to decide whether GMP should be fined a nickel or a dime,” Smith said.

A signed agreement guarantees the town of Lowell an annual payment of $535,000 from the utility – considerably more than the town’s municipal budget, which was $447,000 last year.

During the two earlier tests at the site, sound levels exceeded PSB standards for a total of about four hours, most likely due to heavy snow buildup, according to the utility.

GMP has notified the board that it believes better forecasting and video monitoring will allow facility operators to minimize turbine noise under adverse conditions.

The PSB hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Aug. 8, at the board’s hearing room on the third floor of People’s United Bank Building, 112 State Street, in Montpelier.

Source:  Noise levels at Lowell wind project meet standards, finally; Earlier violations, though, prompt Vermont regulators to schedule sanctions | Written by Joel Banner Baird, Free Press Staff Writer | Burlington Free Press | Jul. 17, 2013 | www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

Wind Watch on Facebook

Follow Wind Watch on Twitter