This Week: RPS, RECs, Derby Wind Fight & More…

May 04, 2012 No Comments by

After tracking the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill nearly the whole legislative session, it appears the bill won’t make it through this year. Recognizing this lawmakers scrambled to put together a bill that would both require another public study about the best way to implement an RPS and would extend the standard offer program for small renewable projects. Unfortunately this bill will continue to allow Vermont utilities to sell renewable energy credits (RECs) out of state while taking credit for them. You can read about this scramble, and the demise of the RPS bill in VTDigger’s coverage.

The last couple of weeks we’ve seen endless wind related debate and controversy and unfortunately this week was no different. Things heated up in Derby when the Mayor of the neighboring Canadian town said he’d shut off the water supply to the town’s village if they decided to build the turbines. This statement was pretty newsworthy, with all the local TV stations covering it, as well as several Canadian outlets. Later in the week at a special meeting, the Derby Select Board voted not to have their lawyer begin working with the developer to possibly create a host town agreement, and to signal the PSB that they oppose the project. This move was widely reported as the Board saying, “No to commercial wind.”

Events in Derby weren’t the only wind related news this week. The Caledonian-Record reported Green Mountain Power would be drilling anchors for the wind turbines 40 to 60 feet into the groundThey also reported a group in Newark has been formed to oppose the proposed wind project there. The group’s name is Newark Neighbors United, and you can find their blog here. In Sheffield, wind project neighbor Luann Therrien detailed the impact the sound from the project is having on her life. Also, the Seven Days blog covered the aerial photos of the Lowell project, showcasing several photos that depict the results of massive blasting and numerous wide cuts through the mountain.

In other news the Times Argus reported that Black River Produce would build the largest “privately-owned solar network” in the state. The article didn’t get into details, but hopefully that means significantly more solar electricity for the operation. Also, for those looking to learn more about why having our utilities sell RECs out of state is a bad idea, its worthwhile to read VEC CEO David Hallquist’s commentary on the subject.

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

Luke

 

 

 

Lukas B. Snelling
802-778-0660
luke@energizevermont.org

 

May 04, 2012 05:06 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   A proposed solar project cleared committee this week, though it still has a ways to go before collectors appear off Woodstock Avenue. The Community and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend that the full board authorize Mayor Christopher Louras to sign a nonbinding memorandum of understanding with AllEarth …

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May 04, 2012 05:04 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — Retired farmers Don and Shirley Nelson intend to sue the company that has leased ridgeline property to Green Mountain Power for the Lowell wind project. The two avowed wind project opponents, whose historic Lowell farm sits in a valley below where 21 turbine sites are being constructed, are …

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May 04, 2012 05:02 pm | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express.   DERBY LINE – Two world-renowned speakers will address protesters at the anti-Derby Line Wind Project rally in Derby Line, VT/Stanstead, QC, this Sunday. Mark Duchamp will appear in person to talk about the impact of wind turbines on endangered bird populations. Duchamp is the executive director of the European …

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May 04, 2012 10:04 am | alina

Reposted from VTDigger.   It was do or die for the energy bill on Wednesday. After a fight on the Senate floor over the House proposal to expand the buildout of renewable energy projects over the next 10 years, the legislation was on life support by Tuesday night. The options? The legislation would either pass, …

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May 04, 2012 09:58 am | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express. BY ED BARBER DERBY, VT – A special meeting was held Wednesday night to decide if the Derby Select Board would endorse a motion to direct attorney Richard Saudek to open “discussions” with Encore Redevelopment over the proposed construction of two 430 feet tall wind turbines in the town. The …

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May 04, 2012 09:54 am | alina

Reposted from CTV.   Lynda and Terry Hartley are born and bred Townshippers.   Over the past 24 years they’ve raised a family of six in their Stanstead home, in spitting distance of neighbours across the border in Derby Line, VT. But now the Canadian residents are fighting mad over a plan to install wind …

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May 04, 2012 09:51 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — Contractors for Green Mountain Power are drilling anchors into ridgeline rock to hold the proposed 21 wind turbines for the Lowell wind project. The work is part of an increased pace on the mountain, as GMP contractors prepare to erect the turbines this summer.   About 100 people are …

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May 04, 2012 09:50 am | alina

Reposted from Times Argus.   The sound of wind towers   When talk of the Sheffield wind towers going up started, we thought, “How bad could it be?” We live on New Duck Pond Road, just three-fourths of a mile west of the nearest tower, with twelve in view, when we didn’t think we’d be …

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May 03, 2012 01:05 pm | alina

Reposted from WPTZ.   DERBY, Vt. – One lane of Canusa Avenue sits in the tiny hamlet of Beebe Plain, Vt. The other side of the same road is in Canada; in Stanstead, Quebec. They always seemed to get along well, until the mayor of Stanstead threatened this weekend to cut the flow of drinking …

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May 03, 2012 01:02 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia-Orleans, did his best to get a two-year wind moratorium passed by the Senate in the waning days of the 2012 session. Though felled by the overwhelming Chittenden County Democratic Phalanx, Benning did succeed in garnering prolonged discussion and attention to his amendment. All four NEK Senators voted …

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May 03, 2012 12:58 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   DERBY – For the first time, a majority of the Derby Select Board has gone on the record in opposition to the Derby Line Wind Project. In a split decision Wednesday, the board pulled the plug on negotiations with the developer of two industrial-sized turbines on farm fields in Derby, near …

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May 03, 2012 12:56 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   Protestors gathered in front of the Howe Center in Rutland on Tuesday to oppose a wind farm project proposed for Rutland County. About 28 people wearing T-shirts that read “Don’t flat line our Green Mountains,” started to arrive around 5:30 p.m. on Strongs Avenue, holding signs that read “Save Pittsford …

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May 03, 2012 12:52 pm | alina

Reposted from WCAX.   Dozens packed the Derby town select board meeting Wednesday night as the board prepared to take an official position on a proposal to build two 425 foot wind turbines in town. “Potential negative impact to resident’s property values town wide on both sides of the border,” said an opponent.   The …

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May 03, 2012 01:23 am | alina

Reposted from VTDigger.   Each day, the chances of the Vermont Legislature passing an energy bill this year appear to get slimmer. A bill that would require state utilities to buy renewable energy passed the House more than a month ago.   From there, things took a detour.   First, the Senate Committee on Natural …

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May 03, 2012 01:17 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   DERBY — An attorney for the Derby Line Wind Project admits that some abutting landowners did not receive proper notification as required by state utility regulators. Leslie Cadwell of Gravel & Shea has apologized by letter to the property owners who found the error — John and Sherry Wagner of Holland, …

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May 03, 2012 01:11 am | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express.   DERBY – The select board meeting Monday quickly grew heated when the proposed Derby Line wind project was brought up. Chair of the Derby Wind Committee, Sue Best, a town lister, attempted to explain to the select board that attorney Richard Saudek wants to know Derby’s official stand on …

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May 01, 2012 08:45 pm | alina

Reposted from Seven Days Blog.   The logistics of snapping aerial photographs of Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind project weren’t all that difficult, says amateur photographer Steve Wright.   “I got in a plane … stuck my upper body out the window, and pushed the shutter,” says Wright, a Craftsbury resident who has pushed …

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May 01, 2012 08:06 pm | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express.   DERBY, VT/STANSTEAD QC. – Mayor Philippe Dutil of Stanstead, Quebec, says he’ll shut off the water valves to Beebe Plains, VT, if the Town of Derby supports the proposed Derby Line Wind Project. The Canadians control the water that serves Beebe, a village in the Town of Derby, near …

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May 01, 2012 08:02 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWARK –A group of property owners are beginning a grass roots effort to block a possible wind farm in town. The resident and non-resident property owners want to prevent the erection of a nearly 200-foot tall meteorological tower on Hawk Rock on Packer Mountain. They hope that if they can stop …

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May 01, 2012 07:58 pm | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   NEWPORT CITY — Deputy State’s Attorney Sarah Baker wants to stop Lowell wind protesters from using a dispute over who owns the Lowell ridgeline as a defense in their trespassing case. Baker filed a motion Friday in Orleans Superior Court — Criminal Division asking Judge Robert P. Gerety Jr. …

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