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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.

April 15, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind challenges town expert

HOLLAND – The Dairy Air Wind developer says an expert for opponents has misrepresented his qualifications to offer evidence about visual and development impacts. Dairy Air Wind is seeking to raise a single 499-foot-tall wind turbine on Dairy Air Farm on School Road. The town filed a motion for summary judgment with state regulators last month, asking the Vermont Public Utilities Commission to throw out the petition for a certificate of public good for the project based on undisputed evidence. In . . . Complete story »

New England faces ‘horror story’ of expensive power

New England is struggling to keep the lights on as it pursues aggressive clean energy goals, a dilemma that is so troublesome that the region’s power grid operator warns of blackouts if something doesn’t change. “I am getting nervous in New England,” said Robert Powelson, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees wholesale power markets, during a recent event hosted by the American Council on Renewable Energy. “It is almost like a horror story.” The story . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Settlement reached in Deerfield Wind blasting complaint

A landowner who said his property was damaged by blasting at a nearby wind power facility has reached a settlement with developers. Francis Candiloro of Searsburg filed the complaint against the Deerfield Wind project in July 2017. The state opened an investigation into Candiloro’s claim in November. The 15-turbine Deerfield Wind project is owned by Avangrid Renewables, a U.S. division of the international energy company, Iberdrola Renewables. Deerfield Wind’s state permit required the company to develop a blasting plan and . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry mogul claims to be giving up on Vermont

All Earth Renewables CEO David Blittersdorf has been the biggest name in industrial wind in Vermont for decades, but changes in the state’s regulatory and political environment have led the green-energy mogul to look for greener pastures elsewhere. “It’s been a confluence of factors. Certainly, some of the neighboring states seem more open to making wind part of their energy portfolios,” All Earth Renewables communications manager Nick Charyk told True North on Wednesday. As reported Monday by WCAX, Blittersdorf said . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

PUC opens probe into warning lights on Lowell turbines

LOWELL – Vermont utility regulators have opened an investigation into why the Lowell wind turbines have not deployed an aircraft detection lighting system as promised by the developers. Vermonters for a Clean Environment filed a complaint March 16 saying Kingdom Community Wind developers Green Mountain Power (GMP) and its partners Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) and the transmission company Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) failed to meet conditions of the project’s certificate of public good. The wind critics said GMP, VEC and . . . Complete story »

March 29, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Blittersdorf won’t get Kidder Hill fees back

LOWELL – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission says developer David Blittersdorf won’t get a $15,000 filing fee back for withdrawing the Kidder Hill Wind Project. Blittersdorf’s consultants paid that fee to the state when they filed a petition for a certificate of public good for two industrial-sized wind turbines on his Kidder Hill project in Lowell and Irasburg. Blittersdorf announced Feb. 28 he was voluntarily withdrawing his petition for the Kidder Hill project. Nick Charyk, spokesman for Kidder Hill, blamed Vermont . . . Complete story »

March 28, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Report condemns Vermont’s green energy progress

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A new report indicates that Vermont is over-spending and underachieving on its trajectory towards 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, a policy goal laid out in the state’s current renewable energy standard. The report, published this month by Vermonters for a Clean Environment, also attempts to untangle a complex system of renewable energy credits (RECs) and alternative compliance payments (ACPs) that allow energy producers to claim progress towards renewables without direct investment in new facilities. Annette Smith, director . . . Complete story »

March 27, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind projects pulled and few in the works; state’s goals still on track

Another wind-turbine project was recently pulled in Vermont and few wind-turbine projects are in the permitting process, but leaders say the state’s renewable energy goals are on track. After years of fighting, Ron Holland has breathed a sigh of relief after the Kidder Hill Community Wind project was canceled. That means he won’t see turbines go up behind his home in Irasburg. “To have one of those turbines in your backyard degrades the quality of the environmental experience for people . . . Complete story »

March 26, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Critics complain about lights on Lowell turbines

LOWELL – Wind power critics have complained to state regulators that Green Mountain Power hasn’t put up a radar lighting system on the Lowell wind turbines. In a complaint filed last week, Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE) said that the certificate of public good for the Kingdom Community Wind Project’s 21 turbines included a requirement that GMP install what’s called the Obstacle Collision Avoidance System as soon as it is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. This system would . . . Complete story »

March 23, 2018 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Smith: Understanding Vermont’s energy policies

Most Vermonters accept the reality of climate change and support shifting our energy needs towards renewables. But in my conversations with Vermonters I have found that almost no one fully understands the mechanisms that have been put in place to achieve the state’s renewable energy goals. In fact, our energy policies are so complicated and convoluted that even Vermont legislators – many of whom consistently vote in favor of bills purporting to bring the state closer to a goal of . . . Complete story »

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