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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 6, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Upgrades to Lowell substation, two transmission lines, costs increase $5 million-plus, GMP confirms

MONTPELIER – Upgrades to the Lowell Substation and some 18.1 miles of the B20 transmission line from Johnson to Lowell, as well as upgrades to 1.5 miles of the B22 line in the towns of Eden, Johnson, Lowell and Morrisville – approved earlier in a petition to the Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) for separate Certificates of Public Good (CPG) – have increased in cost by $5.38 million since being proposed pre-pandemic. Costs for the substation upgrade in Lowell and the two transmission . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Proctor gives cool shoulder to turbine on Grandpa’s Knob

PROCTOR – A half dozen Proctor residents spoke out against a renewable energy project slated for Grandpa’s Knob that would seek to place a single 450-foot-tall wind turbine on the ridgeline there. Sam Carlson, who works in community relations for Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind, presented the project to the Proctor Select Board Monday night, Oct. 25, and fielded questions afterward. Carlson had already presented to Pittsford Oct. 6 and after Proctor’s meeting went to present to the Castleton Select Board. He . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grandpa’s Knob wind developers say project is worth exemption to town plans

PROCTOR – The developers behind the Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind project believe their proposal is special enough to warrant an exemption to the five town plans, and regional plan, that go against it. Sam Carlson, community relations for Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind, a project backed by solar developer David Blittersdorf, was before the select boards in Proctor and Castleton talking about the project on Oct. 25. It was his first time presenting it to Proctor; his second in Castleton. He’s been . . . Complete story »

October 21, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Pittsford wrangles over wind project

PITTSFORD – A proposal to place a single wind turbine on Grandpa’s Knob, a prominent 1,600-foot summit in the Taconic Range in West Rutland, was met with 90 minutes of public outcry at Pittsford’s Select Board meeting last Wednesday, Oct. 6. Sam Carlson, who works in community relations for Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind, said that the project is only in its infancy and that he wanted Pittsford and its neighboring communities to be involved in the construction and siting of the . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public tells off wind developer at meeting

PITTSFORD – A proposal to build a single wind turbine atop Grandpa’s Knob to honor a historical figure in the wind industry was met with strong opposition by people in the community at a Select Board meeting Wednesday. The Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind project is backed by David Blittersdorf, a wind developer, who was in attendance at the meeting, which drew upwards of 30 people, the vast majority of whom voiced their disapproval of the project. Much of their ire stems . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Single turbine proposed for Grandpa’s Knob

CASTLETON – A wind developer wants to put a single turbine atop Grandpa’s Knob and share the profits with surrounding towns that might be affected. Sam Carlson, speaking on behalf of David Blittersdorf, told the Castleton Select Board at its Sept. 27 meeting that Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind is nine to 12 months away from filing for a permit with the Public Utility Commission, but that it plans to share more information about the project, specifically visual simulations and financial data, . . . Complete story »

October 6, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Community raises concerns about proposed wind power project in Castleton

A new wind turbine proposed for Grandpa’s Knob in Castleton is giving some people deja vu. In 2012, Castleton and surrounding towns dealt with a proposal for 20 turbines along the ridgeline there. Back then, the Castleton Select Board unanimously opposed the project. Now, multiple select boards are listening to a new presentation for only one turbine. But many in the community are already against it. “We’re still healing from that from 10 years ago. And when I first heard . . . Complete story »

New England solar developer’s legal wrangling draws praise, criticism

Thomas Melone is president of a Connecticut solar company. He is also a lawyer. And between the two, observers say, he is something of an enigma.  As head of Allco Renewable Energy, Melone says his company’s corporate mission is to combat the devastating impacts of climate change. But he’s also filed multiple lawsuits challenging several states’ clean energy programs. He most recently made news by suing in federal court to have approvals overturned for Vineyard Wind – poised to be the . . . Complete story »

July 6, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Questions on permit violations raised at Lowell wind project hearing

Environmental groups have questioned whether the state’s largest commercial wind farm is skirting permit rules. The issue came up during a hearing this month and led to calls for independent monitoring of nearby water quality. “It sounds like there’s photographic evidence that permit conditions are not being met,” Mark Whitworth, president of the group Energize Vermont, said at the hearing June 16. “It sounds like monitoring is not being conducted in a broad enough way, and it sounds like Green . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2021 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bright green lies

When I was a child, I fell in love with Nature. I explored and knew intimately the wild lands near my home – places full of enchantment, wonder, and a multitude of living beings. So it was with an inconsolable broken heart that I watched as they were bulldozed and paved over, all in the name of economic growth. For similar reasons, many in my generation were inspired to defend the natural world from the voracious human economy. We used to . . . Complete story »

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