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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 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.


January 17, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Developer shuts down Dairy Air Wind

NEWPORT, VT – The proposal to locate a 2.2MW wind turbine at the Brian and Kim Champney farm on School Road in Holland has been terminated. Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf issued a press release announcing the decision. A letter to the Public Utility Commission authored by attorney Leslie Cadwell was brief and to the point. “Pleased be advised that petitioner Dairy Air Wind, LLC will not be supplementing its petition or pursuing this matter further.” Read more in the Newport . . . Complete story »


January 17, 2020 • Press releases, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed Vermont wind project halts development, citing hostile political environment

Dairy Air Wind, the last remaining wind energy project being developed in Vermont, today announced the ending of all development activities surrounding the project. Project partner David Blittersdorf cited a current political environment that is hostile to wind energy as the leading cause for this step. Dairy Air Wind was intended to be a single-turbine project sited in a cornfield on the Champney family’s 450-acre dairy farm in Holland, Vermont. “In 2012, there were over a dozen wind projects in . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grafton voters again reject industrial wind

GRAFTON – Voters in this small town, which in 2016 rejected a large industrial wind project, have endorsed a new town plan that prohibits industrial and commercial wind. On a 95-66 vote during an all-day ballot Monday, residents approved the new town plan, which bans any large wind facility, and includes other planning updates. “We now have a town plan, after the Windham Regional Commission has given its final approval, that tracks the wishes of the voters and is compliant with . . . Complete story »


December 25, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers push to make greenhouse gas reductions mandatory

The bill, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act, would require the state to reduce emissions 26% below 2005 levels by 2025 — or roughly a quarter from present levels. This would align with the goals set out in the Paris Climate Agreement, which Gov. Phil Scott and 23 other state leaders recommitted to when Trump signaled the U.S.’s withdrawal. To reach its goal, Vermont would need to reduce 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050, with a goal of having net zero emissions by mid-century through carbon sequestration, said Briglin. Complete story »


December 9, 2019 • Maine, Massachusetts, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Our power, their pain: What do ‘renewable’ and ‘green’ mean?

Terms like “renewable energy” and “clean energy” mean different things in different places at different times, and Canadian hydropower is in a grey zone that sometimes counts and sometimes doesn’t. Even at the federal level, Canada and the United States use the terms differently. Natural Resources Canada, a Canadian federal agency, uses something like a dictionary definition of renewable energy: “Energy derived from natural processes that are replenished at a rate that is equal to or faster than the rate . . . Complete story »


November 23, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Caucus: Emissions reduction mandate is linchpin of session’s climate legislation

St. JOHNSBURY – The Legislature’s inaction on climate action bills last session may be reversed next time around as a key House lawmaker and climate caucus members plan to move more sweeping climate legislation next session. The legislative Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus both promoted and explained its plans while hearing the public’s concerns at a forum Wednesday night in St. Johnsbury. (Additional forums are listed at the end of this article.) Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford, said the caucus was frustrated by . . . Complete story »


November 14, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Public Utilities Commission: wrong time for appeal over Kidder Hill tower

IRASBURG – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission says it’s too soon to discuss whether Kidder Hill property owner David Blittersdorf should have put up a wind test tower without a permit. The commission ruled last week that they want to see a recommendation from the commission’s hearing officer first on whether Blittersdorf should be penalized. The hearing officer, John Cotter, issued an order Sept. 12 that renewable energy developer Blittersdorf should have sought a certificate of public good for a meteorological . . . Complete story »


October 15, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Brandon adopts energy plan, expects regional commission will approve

The PUC has permitting authority over all energy generation projects in Vermont. Its authority overrides local zoning laws. A few years ago, after hearing complaints from municipalities over this, the Legislature passed a law allowing local governments to gain “substantial deference” before the PUC on proposed energy projects. Towns were already considered “intervenors” in these matters, but having substantial deference requires the PUC to give more weight to town concerns. To gain this status, the town in question must have adopted an enhanced energy plan that meets the state’s criteria. Complete story »


October 15, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

PUC won’t change decision over smaller turbine for Holland farm

HOLLAND – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission won’t reconsider a decision to allow a developer to propose a smaller wind turbine for Dairy Air Farm in Holland. The commission in July allowed Dairy Air Wind to amend its standard-offer contract with state electricity utilities to extend the deadline to raise the turbine – if granted a certificate of public good – until after all appeals are resolved. Complete story »


October 4, 2019 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Biologist to speak on effect of wind turbines on black bears

BENNINGTON – Jaclyn Comeau, a wildlife biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, will talk about the research she has been conducting on the effect of wind turbines on the black bear population at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Bennington Museum. The talk is a program of the Bennington Historical Society, and is free and open to the public. For many years, Comeau has been studying the effects of wind turbines on the black bear population in Searsburg and . . . Complete story »


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