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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
Meadowsend Timberlands has purchased 600 acres of land adjacent to the southern portion of its Stiles Brook Tract, straddling Grafton and Townsend, Jeremy Turner, managing forester for the company, confirmed on Tuesday. He added that a quarter of the tract is in Grafton, with the remaining acreage in Townshend. MTL, based in New London, N.H., is a 23-year-old family-owned company that manages 30,000 acres of forests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, including the Stiles Brook property. For the past . . .
HOLLAND – State approval of an industrial- sized wind turbine on a dairy farm in Holland will open the door to more turbines on farms and woodlots across the Northeast Kingdom, warns Northeastern Vermont Development Association. NVDA, acting in its role as the regional planning commissioner for the Northeast Kingdom, filed a comment Thursday in opposition to a 499-foot-tall turbine proposed for Dairy Air Farm. Wind developer David Blittersdorf is seeking to erect the 2.2-megawatt turbine on the dairy farm about . . .
After years of battling the powers that be in relative anonymity, in January the Burlington Free Press named Annette Smith “Vermonter of the Year.” That’s a much kinder title than some others have applied. The Bennington Banner once labeled her “a one-woman wrecking crew.” Off the record, green energy lobbyists have been even less kind. When multibillion-dollar industries want something done in a small rural town, many people would assume it’s a lost cause for any average resident to fight . . .
In addition to costing more than initially thought, several incidents have called into question the safety of the windmill, including loose cables in 2005 and falling blades due to an ice storm in 2007.
SWANTON – For more than four hours Thursday night, opponents of Swanton Wind got a chance to question the team behind the project. The Public Service Board hosted an information workshop in the Swanton Village Municipal Complex designed so the public could garner information to be used in deciding whether to become a formal participant in the Public Service Board’s review process. But the several hours of questioning often veered into cross-examination, with the public no more satisfied with the answers . . .
ST. ALBANS – An attorney for the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) told the NRPC Policy/Project Review Committee Wednesday evening that a pending legal situation could force Swanton Wind “back to the drawing board.” Attorney David Rugh gave NRPC members a broad overview of Swanton Wind’s application for a Certificate of Public Good, which, if approved, would allow the project’s construction. However, Rugh said another case before the PSB may prove more important: Swanton Wind’s pending power purchase agreement (PPA). Rugh . . .
SWANTON – With a long-anticipated public event concerning Swanton Wind set for Thursday night and the first batch of discovery questions submitted to the Public Service Board, the project’s briefly stalled regulatory process has begun. The Public Service Board (PSB) issued a new scheduling order on Jan. 20, outlining the timeline for the PSB’s nine-month review of the controversial wind project. Following Thursday’s workshop, the process begins with a round of written discovery aimed at Swanton Wind, the “petitioner.” The purpose . . .
I wasn’t surprised at Fran Putnam’s recent letter about Annette Smith, the most recent Vermonter of the Year (“Opinion: Vermonter of the Year disappoints,” Jan. 19). I, too, used to take the politically correct and simple attitude that, “Sure, I like renewable energy.” My husband and I converted our home to a geo-thermal heating system, to get off burning fossil fuels. Annette Smith, however, really walks the walk – she and her husband live totally off the grid. But more . . .
There are physical and economical limits to renewable energy generation in the real world. A vision of 100 percent renewable energy is a denial of the physics and engineering of the electrical grid. It is like climate change denial because it ignores the empirical evidence and replaces it with a desired world instead. It is dangerous because it creates a false sense of what is achievable, leading to support for policies than can’t work.
HOLLAND – The Holland Select Board objects to some of the testimony filed with state utility regulators by the developer of a proposed industrial-sized wind turbine for Dairy Air Farm. Developer David Blittersdorf filed a petition Dec. 30 for a certificate of public good to erect a 499-foot-tall wind turbine. The 2.2-megawatt turbine would be located on School Road about a mile from the Holland School. The select board objects to testimony for Dairy Air Wind about the visual impact of . . .