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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


December 1, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind applies for more time

Developer seeks big extension on deadline to start turbine, change in turbine capacity. State utility regulators will consider whether the developer of the Dairy Air Wind project can have more time to get through the permit and appeals process for a single wind turbine on Dairy Air Farm in Holland. In response to a petition from developer David Blittersdorf, the Vermont Public Utilities Commission has opened a proceeding into whether Dairy Air Wind can have 18 months after receiving a . . . Complete story »


November 18, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

CMP warned of ‘working off the same playbook’ that stymied New Hampshire energy project

With great promise, developers announce plans to string high-voltage power lines from Quebec to Massachusetts and bring a new source of lower-cost, clean electricity to New England. They offer millions of dollars to communities and stakeholders along the route to help gain support. But well-organized opposition surfaces and progress stalls. And when a growing revolt against overhead power lines threatens the project, developers belatedly agree to put a portion underground, despite the expense. This chain of events might sound familiar . . . Complete story »


October 27, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Holland wind turbine takes a step forward, but path ahead still uncertain

The lengthy review process for the largest of the few new wind projects being planned in Vermont took a step forward on Monday. Dairy Air Wind, a 2.2 megawatt turbine to be built on Brian and Kim Champney’s dairy farm in Holland, won a bid for a contract under the state’s standard offer program in 2016. The standard offer program affords developers a long-term, fixed price contract for electricity produced from renewable energy projects up to 2.2 MW in size. . . . Complete story »


October 25, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

New sound study indicates sound violation for Sheffield Wind

SHEFFIELD – For several years, one old-school Vermont senior has been the tip of the spear in the fight against industrial-scale wind turbines – local resident Paul Brouha. Brouha, 73, lives just over 6,000 feet from the nearest turbine of the Sheffield Wind project, a green energy installation comprised of 16 418-foot-tall turbines. In 2011, Brouha filed his first complaint with what today is known as the Public Utilities Commission. Today, he finally feels that his repeated complaints and financial investments into . . . Complete story »


October 21, 2018 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

A question of VPIRG’s conflicts

VPIRG also denied there were any noise issues with industrial scale wind projects, ignoring or dismissing people who testified that they could no longer live in their homes near these projects. VPIRG’s latest performance, trying to block standards meant to protect the public, was in 2017 front of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules whose sole job was to make sure new laws meet the rule of intent. New sound standards were formulated by the Public Service Board and the Department of Public Service to try to solve some of the noise disturbances next to industrial wind power projects so people could have better living conditions. Complete story »


October 18, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Campaign Countdown: Vermont’s energy future

Both say wind isn't expanding in Vermont. Hallquist says wind power has to be used, but won't be generated in Vermont because it's cheaper elsewhere. "Now I'm not necessarily about putting wind on ridgelines because we can get that wind from the midwest at a significantly lower price than in Vermont," she said. She says Vermonters will choose wind if they want it. "We'll let Vermonters decide that. "I do -- that communities, all the communities within a viewshed should make the decision. I suspect that Vermonters aren't going to support additional wind turbines in Vermont." Scott is more firmly opposed. Reporter Neal Goswami: What is a non-starter for you in terms of renewable energy sources? Gov. Phil Scott: Wind generation, large-scale wind generation on our ridgelines. It's something that I've opposed for the last few years." Complete story »


October 11, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield Wind study: turbines too loud

SUTTON – A Sutton homeowner who has continued to press the Vermont’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the Sheffield Wind project is exceeding permitted noise levels appears justified by a recent report showing the 16-turbine wind tower installations are too loud. The Department of Public Service (DPS) had an independent consultant record noise levels at the wind project during high wind conditions between May and September. The report found that “noise levels are as much as 5 decibels louder than . . . Complete story »


October 4, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont

A dramatic political shift against wind energy in Vermont threatens to derail the last remaining wind project under development in the state. The Dairy Air Wind project, a single 2.2 megawatt turbine to be installed at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeast corner, won a state contract in July 2016 to supply renewable power to the New England power grid. Since then, the landscape for wind development has shifted significantly, with a pro-wind governor retiring and being replaced . . . Complete story »


New England senators urge FERC to end press ban

Six New England senators urged FERC Tuesday to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings. U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a letter urging FERC to reject NEPOOL’s proposal to codify its longstanding closed door policy (ER18-2208). “Residents of New England pay some of the highest electricity rates across the country,” the senators said. . . . Complete story »


New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordablility

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity. ISO-NE is charged with maintaining electric supply and reliability in New England. New England, as a region, has the highest electric rates in the nation (though not the highest electric bills, largely because of efficiency). Maine Governor Governor Paul LePage did not sign the . . . Complete story »


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