This Week: Derby, Deerfield, RPS, and More…

Mar 02, 2012 No Comments by

Sort of slow week for renewable energy, although the usual characters made some news. Up in Derby the wind project was supposed to have a public hearing on Thursday night but it was postponed due to all the snow. Earlier in the week the Derby Planning Commission recommended that the select board seek party status in front of the PSB, and the developer announced they would offer Derby money for hosting the project. In Lowell, the Caledonian-Record reports that voters will have several wind power-related articles on the town meeting ballots, including one supporting and one opposing the project there.

Also wind related this week, Vermonters for a Clean Environment announced they appealed the US Forest Service’s decision to give the Iberdrola proposed Deerfield wind project in Readsboro, VT a Special Use permit. You can read the group’s appeal here, but a primary issue is the project’s close proximity to the George D. Aiken wilderness.

There was more chatter this week about the potential renewable portfolio standard (RPS) legislation. VTDigger reports that the Department of Public Service weighed in, and that now the committee is facing several different options. It sounds like the we’ll learn more in two weeks when the committee picks it up again and continues their work on it.

This week had no shortage on opinions, with some them quoted below:

Unfortunately no solar or hydro news this week. Don’t forget you can contribute to this newsletter by emailing me when you see news. You can also share news with us on Facebook by liking our page.

Thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend,


Luke

 

 

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Mar 02, 2012 05:55 pm | EV

Reposted here from the Caledonian-Record.  DERBY — A public hearing intended for Thursday evening about the Derby Line Wind project was postponed because of the weather.   Derby Line Wind developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment said that the hearing was postponed because of bad roads and also because snow would have limited visibility of …

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Mar 01, 2012 02:18 pm | alina

Reposted from VTDigger.   Two months into the legislative process, the Vermont Department of Public Service weighed in this week with a proposal for the renewable portfolio standard bill that has ping-ponged back and forth in the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. The DPS proposes the state have a goal of 75 percent …

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Mar 01, 2012 10:36 am | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   SHEFFIELD — Opponents of the 16-turbine industrial scale wind farm which opened here in October are critical of First Wind, the wind farm owner, and its take on a recent report on stream quality since the wind farm opened, which was made public last week by the Vermont Agency …

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Mar 01, 2012 10:33 am | alina

Reposted from Times Argus.   VPIRG’s wind support not in public interest   When did VPIRG round the bend on protecting Vermont’s natural resources and environmental legacy? I am a 60-year-old native Vermonter who tagged along with VPIRG in the early 1970s when they were investigating and writing “Downhill in Warren,” a treatise about the …

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Mar 01, 2012 10:29 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   DERBY — The Derby Planning Commission has unanimously recommended that the select board seek party status in the hearings over the Derby Line Wind project. The commission concluded, after a short debate, that the town should become an “intervenor” in the case before the Vermont Public Service Board. This, in case …

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Feb 28, 2012 02:22 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — Voters here face several wind power-related articles on the town meeting ballots, but none would have any real effect on the town — unlike the question about the asbestos mine and Superfund. One has been presented by the supporters of the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, while another …

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Feb 27, 2012 04:30 pm | alina

Reposted from VTDigger.   Contact: Annette Smith, VCE Exec. Dir. 802-446-2094   VCE Appeals USFS Deerfield Wind Permit   Impacts to Wilderness, Water Quality, and Conflict of Interest Cited   Vermonters for a Clean Environment today filed an appeal of the US Forest Service’s decision last month to award a Special Use permit to Iberdrola, …

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Feb 27, 2012 04:26 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   Your 1/3/2012 article, “Natural Resources Concerned About Wind Project” reported that the developer, Reunion Power, has been informed by Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources that it “…did not see a way of overcoming the [rare natural habitat] resource obstacles …” that the development of 21 industrial wind turbines would present …

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Feb 27, 2012 04:24 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — A judge has denied a motion to dismiss a trespassing charge against The Chronicle Publisher Chris Braithwaite for covering a protest in December at the Lowell wind construction site. Judge Robert P. Gerety Jr., in a terse written ruling filed in Orleans Superior Court -Criminal Division, said that …

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Feb 27, 2012 04:20 pm | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   DERBY — Derby Line Wind developers expect to have an offer of payments in lieu of taxes for the town of Derby by or before next week’s public hearing about the project. The size of the annual payments to Derby are one of the outstanding issues to be worked …

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Feb 27, 2012 04:18 pm | alina

Reposted from Boston.com.   NEWPORT, Vt.—The editor of a Vermont weekly newspaper is promising to fight the criminal trespass charge filed against him while he was covering a protest against a wind power project being built on Lowell Mountain. Chris Braithwaite, the publisher of The Chronicle of Barton, said he would ask a jury to …

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