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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.

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 »

May 21, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Hearing delay for proposed Dairy Air Wind project

HOLLAND – The Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has issued an order granting the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc.’s motion to continue hearings due to new information received in a different case regarding ISO-NE and the grid constraints in northern Vermont. The Vermont Electric Cooperative recently held a second hearing on its 20-year transmission plan, which includes some discussion about the northern Vermont grid constraints, said Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment. VEC filed a motion before the . . . Complete story »

Cold snap tested reliability of region’s power grid and arguments against fossil fuels

As Maine and New England shivered through last winter’s historic cold spell, the region’s electric system faced an unprecedented prospect: rolling blackouts. Several troubling circumstances were converging. Natural gas was scarce and pricey. A power line failure sidelined one of New England’s largest power plants. Solar panels were covered with snow and wind turbines were buffeted by storms. The combination forced grid operators to ramp up 1960s-era technology to keep the lights on. For the first time, they strategically juggled . . . Complete story »

May 12, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vt. Supreme Court punts renewable energy dispute to Legislature

The Vermont Supreme Court has dismissed a case seeking to overturn set-aside price protections not favorable to industrial wind and other large renewable projects. Renewable Energy Vermont, A lobbying group representing large wind and other renewable developers, sought to get rid of a 2017 change in the state’s Standard Offer program that eliminated price protection set-asides for large capacity wind, landfill gas, biomass, and hydroelectric projects. The group argued that getting rid of the capacity set-asides violated the Public Utility . . . Complete story »

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