This Week: Charlotte Stipulation, VPR Wind Coverage, Opinions & More…

Jun 08, 2012 No Comments by

There was a lot of news this week covering the unrest surrounding utility-scale wind projects in the state. VPR featured the issue throughout the week, including a Vermont Edition episode where I appeared as a guest, a piece by Jon Dillon examining the money and division involved in these projects, and coverage of the opposition to the Grandpa’s Knob project. The Burlington Free Press featured the issue as their lead story in their new format, with the headline, “Path for turbine wind projects not getting any easier in Vermont.” The Rutland Herald also continued coverage of the fictional “Champlain Wind Park” proposed by Vermonters for a Clean Environment.

Besides protests and opposition a couple of moves around wind made news as well. The Orleans County Record reported on the NVDA’s executive committee recommending a 3-year moratorium on utility-scale wind projects in the Northeast Kingdom. Committee members indicated they needed more time to evaluate utility-scale wind projects due to the broadness of their impact. The Caledonian-Record reported that the state is trying to prevent the “Lowell Six” from putting “big wind” on trial in their case. Sarah Baker, the deputy state’s attorney, filed a brief requesting that the protester’s reasons for being on the site should not be admitted in court.

As usual there is less news from the other renewable technologies in the state. The Burlington Free Press covered Charlotte entering into a stipulation with the developers of a 2.2MW solar project in the town. This appeared to be instead of under-going the PSB process over concerns of its cost to taxpayers. The developer of the proposed 35MW biomass electricity plant in North Springfield indicated to regulators that they would be changing the design of the plant to utilize air cooling rather than water cooling and to add a new access road.

This week was also chalk full of opinions from a variety of sources:

Lastly, I want to remind folks that on Sunday the Lowell Mountains Group will be having a BBQ chicken fundraiser. 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 08, 2012 01:54 pm | alina

Reposted from VPR. Right now in Vermont, more than a dozen industrial wind projects are operating, under construction or proposed. While surveys indicate that a majority of Vermonters support wind energy, projects across the state are meeting with vocal opposition. We get a status update on many of these projects from VPR’s John Dillon. And …

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Jun 08, 2012 01:50 pm | alina

Reposted from VPR.   Large wind energy projects are bringing needed revenue to the Northeast Kingdom but they’re also dividing communities. A tour of three wind projects in the Kingdom shows similar debates over tax benefits, environmental impacts, and the prospect of change to the region’s rural landscape. Before the towers and turbines arrive, ridgeline …

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Jun 08, 2012 11:47 am | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   NEWARK — With an out-of-state renewable energy company looking to cut its teeth in Brighton, Ferdinand and Newark first by installing four meteorological or MET towers that are nearly 200 feet tall to collect data, and possibly later, to seek permission for a 35-turbine wind farm, residents here are …

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Jun 08, 2012 10:59 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   To the Editor:   Something is happening in Vermont that is going to affect our future. There is a concerted push to erect industrial scale wind towers along our pristine ridge lines. Our namesake is at stake, and as citizens of Vermont we have had little say in something which may …

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Jun 08, 2012 10:56 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   NEWARK — Word first came to this North­east Kingdom hill town on March 7. The eyes of a New Hampshire wind energy company had alighted on the Hawk Rock ridgeline. Within 16 days, Newark’s planning com­mission had dispatched a letter informing Seneca Mountain Wind that a temporary wind-measuring tower …

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Jun 08, 2012 10:29 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   The Town of Charlotte will not stand in the way of a Charlotte Solar, LLC. project despite resident opposition from neighbors with a view of the meadow where the company proposes to install 15 acres of solar panels.   The Vermont Public Service Board is slated to make a …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:29 pm | alina

Reposted from Orleans County Record.   Leaders of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association recommend a three-year suspension of industrial-sized wind projects to allow the Northeast Kingdom to study the impacts. The executive committee of NVDA voted in May to put the resolution before the full board on June 28, NVDA board President Kenn Stransky said …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:25 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   VPR reporter Nina Keck recently completed a story about the human side of the opposition to the Grandpa’s Knob wind project. Some of my family and neighbors were interviewed for this story, and several of them got quite emotional in that interview. We all worry a great deal about each …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:14 pm | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   NEWARK — Word first came to this North­east Kingdom hill town on March 7. The eyes of a New Hampshire wind energy company had alighted on the Hawk Rock ridgeline. Within 16 days, Newark’s planning com­mission had dispatched a letter informing Seneca Mountain Wind that a temporary wind-measuring tower …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:10 pm | alina

Reposted from VPR.     A wind farm proposal on a ridgeline that includes the Grandpa’s Knob peak is drawing fire from many local residents. Opponents say the 50-megawatt project in Pittsford, Hubbardton, West Rutland and Castleton would hurt the region’s wildlife, ruin its scenic beauty and threaten tourism at an important historic battlefield. It’s …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:04 pm | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express.   HOLLAND – The Holland Select Board unanimously voted no to the Derby Line Wind project Monday evening. Even though the developer has said he will not pursue one of the turbines and has put the other on hold until next year, the board wanted to go on record with …

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Jun 07, 2012 04:01 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   NORTH SPRINGFIELD – The developers of the proposed wood-fired generating plant in North Springfield have submitted an amended application to state regulators, which includes significant changes in the plant’s design and hopes for a new access road. Adam Winstanley of Winstanley Enterprises LLC and Dan Ingold of Weston Solutions, the …

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Jun 04, 2012 11:05 am | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   Industrial wind in Vermont is not “green.” It would never even be undertaken except for large cash subsidies to powerful political contributors. If the destruction of our ridgelines is not stopped, Vermonters may curse the short-term selfishness, greed and indifference with which we sold their priceless heritage.   Gov. Peter …

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Jun 04, 2012 09:55 am | alina

Reposted from VPR.   The construction of large wind energy projects will be a key issue in this year’s gubernatorial race. That’s because Republican candidate Randy Brock supports a multi year moratorium on the construction of any new projects. Franklin senator Randy Brock is not a big fan of the renewable energy policies of the …

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Jun 04, 2012 09:52 am | alina

Reposted from Addison County Independent.   A ruckus is blowing in Vermont over wind energy. In Pittsford this past week, roughly 130 residents attended a four-hour special meeting of the town select board to listen to a $150 million plan to build 15 to 20, 500-foot-high wind turbines on Grandpas’ Knob ridgeline on land in …

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Jun 04, 2012 09:48 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — The state is trying to stop six Lowell wind protesters from putting “big wind” and the right to protest on trial. The “Lowell Six” are expected to go to trial this month – or next – on charges that they trespassed Dec. 5, 2011 on the Lowell mountain …

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Jun 04, 2012 09:44 am | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   DANBY — An image depicting a blazing orange sunset across Lake Champlain with six wind turbines featured prominently in the foreground has generated Internet buzz. The photograph displayed on Champlain Wind Park’s website is a simulation of what a wind project featuring turbines set to scale at 490 feet would …

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