This Week: Champlain Wink Park, Charlotte Solar, Biomass Water & More…

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This week the Burlington Free Press ran an article about a potential wind project on Lake Champlain. They then revealed the project (simulation pictured left) and its website were actually a creation of Annette Smith from Vermonters for a Clean Environment and was intented to promote discussion about the impacts of utility-scale wind in Vermont amongst Chittenden County residents. Later in an editorial from the Free Press the paper seemed to indicate the fake project site served its purpose. You can see the site for yourself here.

Real wind projects in Derby, Newark, and Lowell all made news this week as well. In Derby the Associated Press and others reported project developer Encore Redevelopment would cancel one of the turbines planned for the site and delay the other for another six months. The developer indicated this was because of the, “mounting costs of defending the projects.” Over in Newark, the town’s select board and planning commission requested that the Public Service Board (PSB) hold public hearings to receive comment on the proposed MET towers for a possible wind project there. Neighbors of the proposed project also filed a complaint with the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) over concerns that the developer or land owner may be conducting activities related to building the MET towers before they have received the necessary approvals. Pictures from the complaint seem to indicate clearing has been conducted in areas planned to host MET towers. Over in Lowell the Caledonian-Record reported that inspectors from ANR were on site to evaluate how the project’s stormwater controls weathered the recent rain storm. Quotes from GMP officials suggested they felt the site was in good shape, but there hasn’t been any word from ANR yet.

Over in Charlotte many residents expressed concern over a proposed 2.2MW solar project in a farm field near several homes. At a meeting this week the town indicated they wouldn’t hire legal representation to participate in the PSB process over concern of the cost to taxpayers. Instead the town decided to enter into a stipulation with the developer that neither supports or opposes the project but requests several changes to the project. Several residents have commented  that the Section 248 process is flawed if it doesn’t facilitate involvement from impacted towns.

In Springfield the town selectboard agreed to sell 30,000 gallons of water a day to a proposed biomass project. A decision from the PSB on the project is still pending, but it hasn’t been without its own controversy.

Campaign season is heating up, and candidate for Governor Sen. Randy Brock appeared on VPR on Friday. In his interview he discussed renewable energy at length and particularly ridgeline wind. He said he supports a moratorium on ridgeline projects over concerns of their environmental impact and their economics.

This week saw a lot of energy related opinions, including:

As many of us know, one of the first steps to reducing CO2 emissions in Vermont is to ensure our homes are weatherized and as efficient as possible. The folks over at NeighborWorks in West Rutland have a grant to offset the cost of home energy audits. Now you can get a home energy check up for only $100 in Rutland County. They can also hook you up with low cost loans to make sure you are saving money by upgrading your efficiency. Check out their campaign to weatherize homes and get in touch with them today. 

Lastly, I want to remind folks that the Lowell Mountains Group is having a BBQ chicken fundraiser on June 10th. Click here for details.

Have a great weekend and as always let me know if you have any news or thoughts,


Luke

 

 

 

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

Jun 01, 2012 11:37 am | alina

Reposted from Boston.com.   SPRINGFIELD, Vt.—The town selectboard in Springfield, Vt., has voted for an agreement to commit 30,000 of gallons of municipal water a day to a proposed biomass project. Developers are hopeful they also will capture rainfall and acquire water from other sources so as not to dip into the town supply as …

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Jun 01, 2012 11:33 am | alina

Reposted from Times Argus.   Vermont’s future lies in the balance, our namesake is at stake. There is a concerted push to erect industrial scale wind towers along our pristine ridgelines. Towns across the state have recently become the proposed sights for industrial-scale wind development.   After graduating from UVM 30 years ago, we moved …

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Jun 01, 2012 11:30 am | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   NEWARK — The town’s select board and planning commission are requesting Vermont Public Service Board hold a hearing on Eolian Renewable Energy’s request to site one of four proposed meteorological towers here, with the other three in nearby Brighton and Ferdinand. So far, a hearing has not been scheduled, …

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May 31, 2012 02:18 pm | alina

This week’s Barton Chronicle included coverage of current hydro projects, Essex County wind, Derby wind, and a relevant letter to the editor.  Download the chronicle in PDF format.

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May 31, 2012 11:08 am | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Select Board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to enter into negotiations with the developer of the proposed wood-chip electric generating plant in North Springfield for water usage. The board was supportive of the request for upwards of 30,000 gallons of town water a day. In addition, the …

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May 31, 2012 11:05 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   What are we willing to sacrifice to feed our ever-growing hunger for electricity? That’s the very real question posed by a website for a fictional wind power project on Lake Champlain. Annette Smith, the brains behind the Champlain Wind Park website, is no friend of big wind. She heads …

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May 31, 2012 11:01 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWARK — A Newark resident has filed a complaint with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources over a concern that site work may have already been done to prepare for a proposed test tower for future wind turbines. Vincent Jacob, who lives near Center Pond in Newark, filed the complaint alleging …

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May 31, 2012 10:56 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — The owner of land leased for the Lowell wind project is seeking to counter-sue Don and Shirley Nelson over their claim to part of the property. The Nelsons say they own a piece of the ridgeline where two turbines and a key section of ridgeline road is located …

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May 31, 2012 10:54 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — A Vermont stormwater specialist spent Wednesday investigating how well the Lowell wind project runoff controls fared during Tuesday’s torrential rainstorm. As of late Wednesday, there was no word about how Green Mountain Power’s systems of ponds and drainage areas held up in the face of rain of three to …

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May 31, 2012 10:52 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — State and local road crews scrambled late Tuesday and Wednesday to reopen roads and bridges damaged or completely washed out by Tuesday’s torrential rains. In one place, the damage resembled that left behind by the floods from Tropical Storm Irene in the mountain towns of southern Vermont last fall. …

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May 30, 2012 10:25 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   To the Editor:   Green energy! How green is it really? To me green energy is energy that is produced which has little or no impact on the environment or the surroundings. Windmills have always been considered “Green Energy.” What people don’t realize is this form of energy on this scale …

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May 30, 2012 10:19 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   Vermont is no place for ‘Big Wind’ To the Editor:   Its a shame that more people don’t take advantage of the invitational open houses and take a hike up Lowell Mountain. After a strenuous hike has left you breathless, the view at the top is bound to take the rest …

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May 30, 2012 10:11 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   At first glance, the website looks like the real thing — an announcement, complete with visual simulation, of a multi-turbine wind farm looming large on the waters of Lake Champlain. “Twenty to 40 turbines… powering 80,000 homes in Chittenden County … payments of more than $1 million to area …

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May 30, 2012 10:03 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — Work continues on the Lowell ridgeline in preparation for the raising of 21 industrial turbines for the Lowell wind project.   Meanwhile, wind opponents continue their efforts in and out of court.   Green Mountain Power continues to work on the turbine sites and access road to all 21 …

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May 29, 2012 09:28 am | alina

Reposted from Associated Press.   DERBY, Vt. – A developer has withdrawn his proposal to build two industrial-size wind turbines on northern Vermont dairy farms near the Canadian border. Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment in Burlington said he pulled the plug on his project proposal in Derby because of rising costs and opposition that reached …

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May 29, 2012 09:25 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   Whether we want to admit it or not, renewable energy in Vermont has a predicament. The current administration, renewable energy cheerleaders, and profit-focused developers would love to ignore it, but the fact is large-scale renewable energy development is creating a tension in our communities that can’t be swept under …

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May 29, 2012 09:22 am | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   DERBY — The Derby Line Wind Project is dead, for now. Developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment announced Friday afternoon that he has voluntarily withdrawn a plan for two large wind turbines on two Derby farms near the Canadian border, citing mounting costs and international controversy that threatened to …

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