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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.

December 12, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Upgrades planned to major Franklin County power line

The company that operates Vermont’s electric transmission system plans to replace a key power line in Franklin County over the next several years, saying the project will increase the state’s capacity for ferrying renewable energy throughout New England.  Vermont Electric Power Co.’s “K-42” line runs from Highgate in the north to Georgia in the south, and it’s a major transmission path for energy from Quebec and wind and hydroelectric power that’s produced in Vermont, the Rutland-based company says. But officials . . . Complete story »

December 2, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Deerfield black bear wind turbine study ongoing

Vermont wildlife officials are sifting through a decade’s worth of data to learn more about the impacts of wind turbine development on black bears. The state commissioned a study on black bears and the Deerfield wind development built in 2017 in Readsboro and Searsburg. It looked at how the bears interacted with the different phases of the development from baseline studies through the construction of the 15 turbines there now. Jaclyn Comeau, the black bear project leader for Vermont Fish . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2022 • Blogs, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

What I learned at REV

Much of the conversation focused on loosening the noise rules, with the participants citing them as the biggest issue to wind development in Vermont. Complete story »

October 27, 2022 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

When wind turbines caused sleep deprivation, key lawmakers sided with Big Wind

Editor’s note: This is Part Two of a critique of Vermont’s government-renewable power industry complex written by Monique Thurston, a retired Addison County physician. She has been on the ground floor of opposition to wind power and the subsidized renewable power industry for over a decade. See Part One in yesterday’s Vermont Daily Chronicle. Many Vermont lawmakers – including some now holding powerful positions on energy committees – have ignored the physical and financial suffering created by industrial wind turbines . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Firm considering wind generating project in Stamford

An alternative energy developer is considering a 2.2 megawatt wind turbine project in Stamford. Norwich Solar Technologies would construct the facility if the firm’s yet-to-be submitted permit application to the Public Utility Commission wins approval. The project is proposed for the same general area as Deerfield Wind and Searsburg Wind in Vermont and the Hoosac Wind wind facility in Monroe and Florida, Mass. – in a region considered favorable to wind power generation. STANDARD OFFER BID What the developer has done . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2022 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Grandpa’s Knob wind project not moving forward

Castleton – A controversial wind project will not go forward, according to an email from the developer to the Select Board, sent Monday. “After careful consideration we will not be moving forward with the Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind project,” stated Sam Carlson, speaking on behalf of Grandpa’s Knob Community Wind in the email. “We would like to thank the Select Board and Planning Commission members for their interest, professionalism and courtesy regarding this project. In addition, we are grateful to the . . . Complete story »

Reserve margin may need to rise to 300% by 2040 as more renewables added to grid: ISO New England

“This scenario would require such a large amount of wind and solar that it may present significant challenges [to] the transmission system and require an outsized amount of land or offshore areas to be sited and developed for the necessary wind and solar farms,” the report warned. Complete story »

July 22, 2022 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Responsibly-sited wind projects?

Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is promoting more wind energy to be built in Vermont. They are calling for “responsibly-sited wind projects.” What does that mean? When residents of Morgan learned that industrial wind developer David Blittersdorf bought land on a ridgeline overlooking Seymour Lake, some of us wanted to learn more about what happened in other areas of the state where wind projects were built. The obvious place we looked first was David Blittersdorf’s Georgia Mountain industrial wind project, which . . . Complete story »

Electricity grid operator expecting more demand and renewables in New England

New England’s electricity grid is in for major changes, according to a yearly report from ISO New England, the organization that manages the region’s grid. The report says decarbonization will become the way of life in New England, with heating and transportation becoming electrified through technology like heat pumps and electric vehicles. That will increase regional demand for electricity. At the same time, the grid, which now predominantly runs on natural gas, will shift towards renewable energy. All New England . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2022 • Letters, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Blittersdorf focus

So, I see David Blittersdorf wants to erect a monument to Palmer Putnam for having raised a wind turbine here in Vermont sometime in the 1940s.These things might have been a good idea back when Palmer was puttering around with the idea. Wind turbines have evolved a lot and do produce a lot of electricity during periods of adequate wind speed. Another thing that has evolved during that time is how to hype something in ways greatly disproportionate to reality. . . . Complete story »

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