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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.

September 18, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont governor vetoes global warming solutions act

Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter on Tuesday evening that he “shares the Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the resilience of Vermont’s infrastructure and landscape in the face of a changing climate” but had problems with three areas of the bill, including . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Bill requires Vermont to meet greenhouse emissions targets

The legislation would set up a council on climate council to analyze ways Vermont can reduce emissions. It also sets greenhouse emissions reduction standards of not less than 26% from 2005 levels by Jan. 1, 2025, based on the state’s membership in the United States Climate Alliance, and further targets by 2030 and 2050. The measure allocates more than $970,000 to the Agency of Natural Resources for implementing the act, including for positions and costs of administrative, technical and legal support to the council and the hiring consultants and experts. Some lawmakers opposed leaving the tasks to non-elected council. Complete story »

August 26, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Renewable energy and blackouts

A year ago the California Public Utilities Commission warned that the state could face an energy shortage on hot summer evenings as early as 2021. Its projection was off by a year. On August 14 from 200 to 250 thousand California residents experienced rolling blackouts. Officialdom and the media have blamed the blackouts on a heat wave: too many people turned up too many air conditioners. But the same heat wave did not cause blackouts in Nevada and Arizona, or . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2020 • Opinions, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Cry, the beloved state

It’s enough to make one cry. All around, in every part of our beautiful state, ecological destruction and deterioration abound. From the scandalous abomination of Jay Peak and the leaching landfill in Coventry down to the vast hole in the middle of Burlington, the popped boil of another too-good-to-be-true real estate deal. From the cyanobacteria lapping the shores of Lake Champlain to the fouling of streams, rivers and lakes by a rogues’ gallery of municipal offenders – St. Albans, Burlington, Vergennes, . . . Complete story »

June 4, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Tractor-trailer fire delays interstate traffic in South Burlington

A tractor-trailer fire shut down part of Interstate 89 south for about a half-hour on Tuesday. It happened near mile marker 87 in South Burlington. The South Burlington Fire Department kept the fire from spreading from the tractor to the trailer, which was carrying a massive turbine blade. The tractor was destroyed. The driver was not hurt. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Complete story »

In New York and New England, wind energy projects are “like siting landfills. Nobody wants them.”

The politics of renewable energy can be seen as left versus right. But when it comes to siting large renewable-energy projects, the divide is increasingly about rich versus poor. “Wind developers don’t target the tony communities, like near Hillary Clinton’s house in Chappaqua, or Westchester County,” says Joni Riggle, a resident of Chautauqua County, who opposes the Cassadaga project. “The people who live in those places have the financial clout to fight Big Wind.” Complete story »

Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO

ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield wind noise investigation concluded

SHEFFIELD – A probe into noise levels which allegedly exceeded its state-issued Certificate of Public Good (CPG) at the industrial wind project in Sheffield has been closed officially by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC). A recent order also approved a stipulation between the owners of the energy plant, Vermont Wind, LLC, and the neighbor who pushed for the investigation. The CPG allowing the wind project to operate was issued by the state body in October of 2007. Nearby homeowner Paul . . . Complete story »

May 6, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield wind case: Timeline of years-long sound level fight

SHEFFIELD – A case before the Vermont Public Utility Commission (formerly the Public Service Board) over noise levels being allegedly exceeded from turbines at the industrial wind project in Sheffield has been concluded, and an agreement between the parties, Vermont Wind, LLC, and Sutton homeowner Paul Brouha of Sutton, has been issued. A timeline of the case, which dates back just over six years officially – but concerns were documented starting in 2011 – follows from the public record in the decision by . . . Complete story »

May 5, 2020 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Vermont homeowner reaches settlement over wind project noise

SHEFFIELD, Vt. (AP) – A Vermont homeowner has reached a settlement for a complaint he made about the noise coming from a wind project near his house. Paul Brouha filed a complaint in 2014 alleging that the turbines belonging to Vermont Wind, LLC created noise in his home that exceeded regulations, the Caledonian-Record reported Monday. A settlement between Brouha and the company was reached Feb. 3, in which Vermont Wind agreed to stipulations that temporarily restrict when certain turbines can operate. . . . Complete story »

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