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

January 2, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Swanton Wind battles continue: All sides seek reimbursement of costs

Swanton Wind’s permitting process is on hold, indefinitely, and nearly everyone involved wants a refund – and doesn’t think the opposing party should get one. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) regulates that permitting process. Both sides of that process, namely Swanton Wind, the applicant, and a collection of 40-or-so “citizen intervenors,” members of the public who opposed the process pro se, have filed motions with the PUC asserting that they are owed a refund. Swanton Wind filed notice that project developers . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Section of Sheffield road re-aligned; Vermont Wind conveys easement for $1 to town

SHEFFIELD – A section of New Duck Pond Road which Vermont Wind, LLC had built on its property to allow trucks to safely carry loads to the project site during construction has been turned over to the town, and the town has given up the old section of road to make travel safer. According to Sheffield Town Clerk William St. Peter, the select board recently received a Quit Claim Deed for the easement agreement. “The quit claim is to swap the . . . Complete story »

December 30, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

15 Deerfield Wind turbines go online

READSBORO – The 15-turbine Deerfield Wind project has begun generating power, capping a permitting and construction process that spanned more than a decade. [photos] Avangrid Renewables “began commercial operation at its newest wind farm, and first in Vermont, the Deerfield Wind Farm, in the towns of Readsboro and Searsburg today,” the developer announced Friday morning. The 30-megawatt facility includes eight Siemens Gamesa turbines located west of Route 8 in Readsboro and seven others in Searsburg, east of the highway. Those in . . . Complete story »

December 29, 2017 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Big wind an out-of-date solution

A recent Rutland Herald editorial, entitled “Powering up,” concluded that we need to move with urgency toward the renewable power of the future. While that is correct, the editorial goes on to complain that “old ways” of thinking dominate the discussion in Vermont. At issue: the editorial then proceeds to propose “old ways” to move us forward. When it comes to energy development in Vermont, the industrial wind industry leads the “old way” pack. Wind operators and developers have been . . . Complete story »

December 20, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont could benefit from clean energy project; Northeast Kingdom would get $20 million

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – A grand total of $20 million: That’s how much Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom will get if an international clean energy project gets the go-ahead. The project, co-developed by National Grid and Citizens energy, is called the Granite State Power Link. It will deliver 1,200 MW of clean wind energy from Quebec to Massachusetts. Under the proposal, in order for the power to get from Point A to Point B, it will have to gravel through roughly 60 miles . . . Complete story »

New England panelists talk ‘trust’ in power project siting

BOSTON – Developing trust is vital for the project siting process, according to panelists speaking at Raab Associates’ 156th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable last week. “The thing that most undermines a project is when the proponent is seen as not presenting facts, not disclosing things, misrepresenting things,” Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell told meeting participants. “And it happens more often than you might think.” Patrick Woodcock, assistant secretary of energy with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental . . . Complete story »

December 13, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine blade icing danger cited in fine

Although there aren’t residences located within the few-hundred-yard radius that ice-throw from the blades might be expected to land, the turbines are near enough to neighboring property that the flying ice could have endangered someone in the woods nearby, said Ed McNamara, Planning and Energy Resources Director at DPS. The DPS takes even potential threats to health and safety very seriously, Porter said. This wasn’t the first time that Georgia Mountain Community Wind has received sanctions for violating safety protocols, the PUC noted in its most recent order. Complete story »

December 9, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Swanton Wind developers put project on indefinite hiatus

Although Charyk says it was not a factor in this decision, there was also a great deal of local opposition to Swanton Wind, from neighbors to nearby municipalities. The nonprofit Vermonters for Clean Environment also opposed the project. Complete story »

December 8, 2017 • Letters, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Industrial wind hurts Vermont

Further large-scale wind development is completely incompatible with Vermont’s landscape, resources, scenery and overall economic drivers. I was elated to read in the Dec. 4 edition of the Brattleboro Reformer about the proposed plan which says that large-scale wind turbines are unsuitable for the 27-town Windham County region. Wind farms destroy mountaintop environments forever. I think if the general public saw what kind of large-scale devastation the creation of a wind farm does to a mountain environment, they would be . . . Complete story »

December 6, 2017 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Irasburg selectmen react to Kidder Hill Wind

IRASBURG – The Irasburg Select Board has reacted to the news that David Blittersdorf now has committed to putting up two large wind turbines on the Lowell side of his Kidder Hill property rather than on the Irasburg side. The select board voted last week to seek an experienced attorney to represent the town if Blittersdorf’s Kidder Hill Wind Project goes forward, as anticipated. Representatives of Kidder Hill Wind told the Lowell selectmen recently that the two turbines will be placed . . . Complete story »

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