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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.

October 11, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Sheffield Wind study: turbines too loud

SUTTON – A Sutton homeowner who has continued to press the Vermont’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate whether the Sheffield Wind project is exceeding permitted noise levels appears justified by a recent report showing the 16-turbine wind tower installations are too loud. The Department of Public Service (DPS) had an independent consultant record noise levels at the wind project during high wind conditions between May and September. The report found that “noise levels are as much as 5 decibels louder than . . . Complete story »

October 4, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont

A dramatic political shift against wind energy in Vermont threatens to derail the last remaining wind project under development in the state. The Dairy Air Wind project, a single 2.2 megawatt turbine to be installed at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeast corner, won a state contract in July 2016 to supply renewable power to the New England power grid. Since then, the landscape for wind development has shifted significantly, with a pro-wind governor retiring and being replaced . . . Complete story »

New England senators urge FERC to end press ban

Six New England senators urged FERC Tuesday to end the New England Power Pool’s ban on public and press attendance at stakeholder meetings. U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in a letter urging FERC to reject NEPOOL’s proposal to codify its longstanding closed door policy (ER18-2208). “Residents of New England pay some of the highest electricity rates across the country,” the senators said. . . . Complete story »

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordablility

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity. ISO-NE is charged with maintaining electric supply and reliability in New England. New England, as a region, has the highest electric rates in the nation (though not the highest electric bills, largely because of efficiency). Maine Governor Governor Paul LePage did not sign the . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Environmentalists: Power from massive Canadian dams isn’t renewable

Environmental activists from New England and Canada are demanding that political leaders stop promoting “false” solutions to climate change. The Vermont Sierra Club, 350Vermont and other environmental groups are protesting a New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers conference this week. They oppose new fossil fuel infrastructure and say electricity from large hydro dams or biomass plants should not count as renewable energy. Energy is a major focus of the conference, which will take place at Stowe Mountain Resort, Sunday . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Dairy Air Wind must respond again to Holland motion

HOLLAND – Dairy Air Wind has three weeks to respond again to a motion by the town of Holland for summary judgment, which if successful would stop the development in its tracks. The select board in this small border town filed a motion for summary judgment in March that says the plan for a single large turbine for a Holland dairy farm field cannot be considered for a certificate of public good by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission. Holland is supported . . . Complete story »

DC Circuit upholds ISO-NE MOPR exemption

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a petition by NextEra Energy and other industry players to review FERC orders allowing ISO-NE to exempt a limited volume of state-sponsored renewable resources from its capacity market’s minimum offer price rule. A three-judge panel concluded that the commission “engaged in reasoned decision-making to find that the renewable exemption to the minimum offer price rule results in a just and reasonable rate” and that “FERC did not abuse its discretion by . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2018 • Ontario, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Northern neighbors’ green-energy blues bad omen for Vermont

A common mantra among green-energy advocates is that alternative power prices are falling and economies thrive when a commitment is made to renewable energy. That mantra has suddenly gone silent for Vermont’s northern neighbors in Ontario. According to a Fraser Institute report released in April, Ontario’s residential electricity costs have risen 71 percent between 2008 and 2016, more than double the 34 percent average increase for the rest of Canada. Ontario accounts for over 90 percent of the country’s solar . . . Complete story »

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 »

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