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

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 »

August 14, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists: Power from massive Canadian dams isn’t renewable

Environmental activists from New England and Canada are demanding that political leaders stop promoting “false” solutions to climate change. The Vermont Sierra Club, 350Vermont and other environmental groups are protesting a New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference this week. They oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure and say electricity from large hydro dams or biomass plants should not count as renewable energy. Energy is a major focus of the conference, which will take place at Stowe Mountain Resort, Sunday . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2018 • Ontario, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Northern neighbors’ green-energy blues bad omen for Vermont

A common mantra among green-energy advocates is that alternative power prices are falling and economies thrive when a commitment is made to renewable energy. That mantra has suddenly gone silent for Vermont’s northern neighbors in Ontario. According to a Fraser Institute report released in April, Ontario’s residential electricity costs have risen 71 percent between 2008 and 2016, more than double the 34 percent average increase for the rest of Canada. Ontario accounts for over 90 percent of the country’s solar . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Case about wind test tower in Irasburg continues

IRASBURG – There are no longer any small wind turbines on the Kidder Hill property owned by renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf’. And he dropped plans to raise two large turbines there. But a residual case about a meteorological (MET) tower he put up on the property years ago is going to a status conference before state utility regulators to decide what happens next. The case is over whether a property owner must apply for a certificate of public good . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Springfield forum mulls Act 250 rules

Springfield, Vt. – Ecosystem protection and economic development were viewed as the most important factors to consider in the Act 250 permitting process by nearly 45 percent of those who attended a Wednesday night forum. Settlement patterns were scored as a top priority by 14 percent, but scenic beauty and agricultural and forest productivity, while important, did not receive a priority ranking from anyone. The forum, attended by about 30 people, was the first of six that the Legislative Commission on . . . Complete story »

June 26, 2018 • Quebec, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Border Water Co. about to lose say over Holland wind turbine

HOLLAND – Officials with a border-straddling water company serving Derby Line and Stanstead, Quebec, wanted to have a say over the siting of a large wind turbine on a dairy farm in Holland. But a Vermont utility regulator says the company still has to follow the rules when it comes to the review of wind projects. If they don’t, they can’t participate. That’s the gist of an order issued to International Water Company by Thomas Knauer, hearing officer for the Vermont . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grid impact concerns delays wind, solar projects in Northeast Vermont

Wind and solar power projects large and small in northeastern Vermont are facing delays while Vermont utility regulators look at their impact on the regional electric grid and electricity costs for area consumers. The Vermont Utilities Commission has delayed review or tightened scrutiny of plans for a single large wind turbine on Dairy Air Farm in Holland and 500-kilowatt solar projects in Bloomfield, Brighton, Derby and Eden. These relatively small solar projects were on a fast track review until utilities . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Andover board OKs energy section for Town Plan

Under Vermont State law (30 V.S.A. § 248), the state Public Utility Commission has absolute control over the construction of energy infrastructure, including large-scale renewable power generators such as solar farms and wind turbines. However, when a town has adopted an energy plan, the commission is required to “give substantial deference” to that plan. The Andover plan specifically encourages the construction of ground-mounted solar panels and limited use of residential-scale wind turbines, while prohibiting utility- and commercial-scale wind turbines. Complete story »

June 9, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Act 250 revision meetings scheduled

The state government is gathering opinions on how Vermont’s environment should be protected in the coming half-century. With the 50th anniversary of Act 250 approaching, the Legislature has created a commission to look at how the law should be tweaked for the next 50 years. That commission announced this week the dates for a series of forums around the state to gather public input on potential changes to Vermont’s landmark environmental law, which was adopted in 1970. The commission doesn’t . . . Complete story »

May 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Electric rates going up again, and grid constraints and green energy are culprits

Washington Electric Co-op has announced that electric rates will rise this year at 3.72 percent if the Public Utility Commission approves its request. Like other Vermont utility rate hikes in recent years, the main culprits include grid upgrades, curtailment of large energy projects and the spread of net metering projects. The prior rate increase for Washington Electric was requested a year and a half ago. General Manager Patty Richards told True North that they take the increases very seriously and . . . Complete story »

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