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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.

September 14, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Blittersdorf could face a fine in Kidder Hill case

Hearing officer: Met tower required a Certificate Of Public Good. IRASBURG – Wind developer David Blittersdorf should have sought state permission to put up a wind test tower on his Kidder Hill property where he eventually erected two small wind turbines for a few years and unsuccessfully sought to raise two large turbines. In a decision issued late Thursday, John Cotter, hearing officer for the Vermont Public Utilities Commission, stated that Blitterdorf’ failed to get a certificate of public good for . . . Complete story »

August 30, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Burlington Electric continues to purchase Sheffield Wind power despite reports of mechanical failures

Burlington Electric has decided to continue purchasing power from Sheffield Wind’s 16 turbines for another five years despite skepticism from critics and a local resident over whether the facility is functioning properly. For this contract BED will purchase 16 megawatts of its 40-megawatt production. “Including wind power in our energy mix is good for Burlingtonians. With this agreement to continue purchasing Vermont wind energy, we’re supporting our work to both keep rates low and pursue our Net Zero Energy goal,” . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland, NVDA to appeal Dairy Air Wind decision

HOLLAND – The town of Holland and Northeastern Vermont Development Association will ask state utility regulators to reconsider allowing a developer to propose a smaller wind turbine for a Holland farm field. In July, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission gave Dairy Air Wind permission to change plans mid-stream. Complete story »

July 18, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Complications dog Dairy Air Wind project

HOLLAND – Complications and opposition continue to dog the proposal for a large wind turbine on a dairy farm in Holland. State regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission decided to allow the wind developer to propose a smaller capacity turbine on Dairy Air Farm, in an area where limits on the electric grid capacity have put wind and solar projects on hold. The review of the project’s merits by the commission’s hearing officer Thomas Knauer should resume soon. Knauer said . . . Complete story »

July 12, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind allowed to change turbine size

HOLLAND – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission on Thursday allowed the Dairy Air Wind developer to propose a smaller capacity wind turbine for a farm field in Holland and still quality for preferential electrical rates. That should pave the way for a reopened review of the petition by Dairy Air Wind for a certificate of public good for a wind turbine at Dairy Air Farm on School Road. The review will now be about a 1.5 megawatt capacity wind turbine rather . . . Complete story »

June 18, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Oral arguments to be held over fate of Dairy Air Wind contract

HOLLAND – The state regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission will hear oral arguments that could decide the fate of the Dairy Air Wind project. The developer of a large wind turbine planned for Dairy Air Farm in Holland wants an extension on a deadline to raise the turbine in order to meet the requirements of a standard offer contract for preferential rates for the turbine’s electricity. And the developer wants to reduce the size of the turbine from 2.2 . . . Complete story »

June 14, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland, NVDA fight extension for Dairy Air wind turbine

HOLLAND – The town of Holland and the regional commission say a wind developer shouldn’t get more time to raise a wind turbine in Holland and still keep its contract for its electricity with preferential rates. The town and Northeastern Vermont Development Association want a chance to argue their case directly with state utility regulators on the Vermont Public Utilities Commission. Dairy Air Wind has asked for an extension to its deadline this summer to raise a large wind turbine on . . . Complete story »

ISO-NE will require wind, intermittent hydro to bid into day-ahead energy markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England now requires wind- and intermittent hydro resources with a capacity supply obligation to offer into the grid operator’s day-ahead energy market, the grid operator announced Tuesday. The grid operator called it “another milestone” in its efforts to incorporate renewables into the regional marketplace. The requirement, effective June 1, comes three years after the ISO launched the Do Not Exceed (DNE) dispatch project, enabling those resources to take electronic dispatch instructions from the grid operator. Requiring DNE resources to participate . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2019 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bennington’s Trojan horse – the Energy Committee

I was surprised that the Bennington Select Board would authorize an Energy Committee, made up of volunteers and to report its findings to the board. Such committees are sprouting up all over Vermont, five in Bennington County. On the surface the stated purpose for creating such a committee is commendable – to suggest ways to save energy, assist with reducing the communities greenhouse gas emissions, and foster ways to utilize renewable energy resources. But what is the hidden agenda of . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Nature Conservancy finalizes $3.5 million Glebe Mountain purchase

At one point, McGraw was working with Catamount Energy Corporation and Marubeni Power on plans to lease parts of the land for a 27-turbine wind farm, but after a negative reception locally, the companies pulled the project in 2006. Complete story »

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