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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.

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 »

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 »

August 20, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Cry, the beloved state

It’s enough to make one cry. All around, in every part of our beautiful state, ecological destruction and deterioration abound. From the scandalous abomination of Jay Peak and the leaching landfill in Coventry down to the vast hole in the middle of Burlington, the popped boil of another too-good-to-be-true real estate deal. From the cyanobacteria lapping the shores of Lake Champlain to the fouling of streams, rivers and lakes by a rogues’ gallery of municipal offenders – St. Albans, Burlington, Vergennes, . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Tractor-trailer fire delays interstate traffic in South Burlington

A tractor-trailer fire shut down part of Interstate 89 south for about a half-hour on Tuesday. It happened near mile marker 87 in South Burlington. The South Burlington Fire Department kept the fire from spreading from the tractor to the trailer, which was carrying a massive turbine blade. The tractor was destroyed. The driver was not hurt. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Complete story »

In New York and New England, wind energy projects are “like siting landfills. Nobody wants them.”

The politics of renewable energy can be seen as left versus right. But when it comes to siting large renewable-energy projects, the divide is increasingly about rich versus poor. “Wind developers don’t target the tony communities, like near Hillary Clinton’s house in Chappaqua, or Westchester County,” says Joni Riggle, a resident of Chautauqua County, who opposes the Cassadaga project. “The people who live in those places have the financial clout to fight Big Wind.” Complete story »

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation . . . Complete story »

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