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Wind Power News: Vermont


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.

December 16, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Transmission grid bottlenecks in Northeast Kingdom stall solar development

State officials are working to address a problem involving the physics of electricity, the surge in solar development and a local transmission grid that is seriously strained. Audio for this story will be posted. In the Northeast Kingdom, the electric grid is out of balance. Several big local wind and hydro projects, plus power imports from Canada, mean the wires carry much more power than the region can consume. The imbalance has caused the regional grid operator to reduce the . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Look ahead, Vermont: Global Warming Solutions Act takes first steps as Climate Council appointees named

A dairy farmer from Whitingham and a municipal planner from Newfane are among the Vermonters being asked to formulate climate change and climate resilience policy for the state. Abbie Corse, a sixth-generation dairy farmer at The Corse Farm Dairy, and Chris Campany, executive director of the Brattleboro-based Windham Regional Commission, are among the legislative appointees to the Vermont Climate Council, announced on Friday, Oct. 23. The body was established by the Global Warming Solutions Act to recommend policy to the . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2020 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Mills joins push for region’s electric grid operations to reflect state climate goals

Gov. Janet Mills has joined four other New England governors to press the operator of the region’s electric grid to do more to accommodate a future in which most people will be encouraged to heat their homes and drive vehicles powered with electricity generated by renewable resources. In a statement issued Wednesday to grid operator ISO-New England, the governors of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island said operation of the grid and the current wholesale electricity market must be . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Opinion: Renewable power carbon tax looms in guvs’ decarbonization request

Yesterday, five of six New England governors – including Gov. Phil Scott – called for a “decarbonized grid” for New England electricity transmission. Ratepayers will soon know if they want a regional carbon tax, as suggested in March by the president of New England’s power transmission grid operator. Gov. Scott and the governors of Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut – but not New Hampshire – demand that ISO-New England, the regional power grid operator, help them create “a decarbonized grid,” according to a . . . Complete story »

September 30, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

USDA awards $131,250 to Vermont wind energy group

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $131,250 in grant funding to Green Power Farms under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The investment will be used to purchase and install three state-of-the-art wind turbines designed by Star Wind Turbines of East Dorset, Vermont. It is estimated that the 330,000 kWhs generated annually will be enough to power the equivalent of 30 homes. USDA Rural Development State Director Anthony Linardos was pleased to announce the investment in . . . Complete story »

September 26, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

At first debate, Zuckerman and Scott clash on climate, social issues

Scott, a longtime opponent of industrial wind projects, attempted to put Zuckerman on the defensive, asking whether he supported "the destruction of our ridgelines." Arguing that round silos were once viewed as "an abomination of our landscape," Zuckerman said he saw a certain beauty in solar fields and wind turbines — and supported industrial wind in appropriate locations. Complete story »

September 23, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Climate bill foists unpopular decisions onto council

There is one other way in which the global warming debate in Vermont is peculiar, and this is a residue of the years of bitter battles over wind power. Those battles created a rift among environmentalists, with the “establishment” green groups (VNRC, Conservation Law Foundation, etc.) supporting more wind projects while the more off-beat Vermonters for a Clean Environment and Energize Vermont opposed it. The pro-wind forces won most of the battles – five major wind projects dot (or mar, depending on taste) the state’s ridgelines – but lost the war. As one disappointed wind developer put it earlier this year as he abandoned his project, Vermont has “a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy.” But the “winners” of that war remain wary, worrying that any global warming plan could serve as a cover for a campaign for more wind projects. Complete story »

September 18, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont governor vetoes global warming solutions act

Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter on Tuesday evening that he “shares the Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the resilience of Vermont’s infrastructure and landscape in the face of a changing climate” but had problems with three areas of the bill, including . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bill requires Vermont to meet greenhouse emissions targets

The legislation would set up a council on climate council to analyze ways Vermont can reduce emissions. It also sets greenhouse emissions reduction standards of not less than 26% from 2005 levels by Jan. 1, 2025, based on the state’s membership in the United States Climate Alliance, and further targets by 2030 and 2050. The measure allocates more than $970,000 to the Agency of Natural Resources for implementing the act, including for positions and costs of administrative, technical and legal support to the council and the hiring consultants and experts. Some lawmakers opposed leaving the tasks to non-elected council. Complete story »

August 26, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy and blackouts

A year ago the California Public Utilities Commission warned that the state could face an energy shortage on hot summer evenings as early as 2021. Its projection was off by a year. On August 14 from 200 to 250 thousand California residents experienced rolling blackouts. Officialdom and the media have blamed the blackouts on a heat wave: too many people turned up too many air conditioners. But the same heat wave did not cause blackouts in Nevada and Arizona, or . . . Complete story »

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