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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.

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 »

May 22, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Danville School to remove wind turbine, purchase solar

Danville School’s 90-foot-tall wind turbine, noticeable for miles around for the past 20 years, will soon be removed. Dave Schilling, Danville Middle and High School principal, said in an email that he was surprised to find the noisy turbine not producing power when he arrived at the school in 2018. “Neither my predecessor nor the assistant principal at the time knew when it had previously generated power,” he said. Schilling told the school board on May 4 that the cost . . . Complete story »

April 29, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing sought on Lowell wind draft stormwater permit

LOWELL – Two conservation groups want an independent inspector to oversee stormwater discharge controls for the Lowell Wind Project. The 21 Kingdom Community Wind turbines went up in late 2012, to become the second large-wind project in Vermont. The 16 turbines in Sheffield were the first. The turbines are owned and operated by Green Mountain Power and partners, including Vermont Electric Cooperative. Stormwater controls are in place along the crane access road built to reach the ridgeline pads where the turbines . . . Complete story »

April 26, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Conservationists angle for 2nd look at Lowell wind project, using the permit process

Conservation groups want to clamp more restrictions on the state’s largest commercial wind farm and think that could happen through a state permit review. Green Mountain Power wants to re-up the stormwater drainage permit on its Kingdom Community Wind project, a collection of 21 wind turbines on Lowell Mountain in Orleans County. But in recent letters to the Agency of Natural Resources, Vermonters for a Clean Environment and the Maine-based Native Fish Coalition say the new permit should be granted . . . Complete story »

March 2, 2021 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

As wind industry goes big, this New England startup looks to shrink turbines

Skyscraper-high blades are increasingly standard on wind farms, but Pecos Wind Power thinks its small, distributed turbines will be a better fit in Vermont. Vermont has had a contentious relationship with wind power – projects there have faced fierce local opposition over land use, aesthetics, and other concerns. A New England startup is betting its small turbines will be an easier sell in the state, offering a potential complement or alternative to rooftop solar but with a much lower profile than . . . Complete story »

Subsidies a bone of contention as renewable energy producers seek federal ruling

Supporters of expanding renewable energy are headed for a showdown with New England’s energy market operator at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over an arcane rule that could have major implications in the near future for how much is invested in solar and offshore wind compared to natural gas. Debate over the true cost of developing solar and offshore wind projects has led to two competing proposals – one from the regional energy market operator ISO-New England and the other . . . Complete story »

December 21, 2020 • Blogs, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Legislator admits GWSA will have no impact on climate change

Responding to an email inquiry from a concerned citizen about the real impact – and cost – of the Global Warming Solutions Act, passed last spring over the veto of Governor Phil Scott (R), Representative Scott Campbell (D-St. Johnsbury) admitted, “Let me start by repeating that no one, least of all me, believes Vermont can stop climate change – or even affect climate change. It’s tempting to focus on that narrow issue because of the specific metrics in the law, namely the . . . Complete story »

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 »

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