This Week: Merger Approved, Castleton Against Grandpa’s Knob Wind, Lowell Storm, Opinions & more…

Jun 15, 2012 No Comments by

In classic Friday afternoon release style the Public Service Board announced they have approved the merger of CVPS and Green Mountain Power today. You can see some of the reactions and the actual order from the board at WCAX. The board chose to deny requests to return any money to CVPS ratepayers and instead supported GMP’s desires to use the money for an energy efficiency fund. News outlets are reporting that Gov. Shumlin supports the decision by the PSB.

Two big news items about wind power in Vermont this week. First, the Rutland Herald reported that the Castleton Select Board voted to oppose the proposed Grandpa’s Knob wind project and not enter into a host town agreement with the developer. Castleton is the first town to formally oppose the project, but the Rutland Herald also covered Hubbardton’s growing opposition to the project. Currently Hubbardton’s Select Board is working on a resolution against the project, and a vote is pending. Brian Harrington of West Rutland thanked the Castleton Select Board for their actions in an letter to the editor of the Rutland Herald. Dr. James Rademacher from Pittsford also analyzed whether the Grandpa’s Knob wind project was needed, and found the “project cannot be viewed favorably.”

The Lowell wind project site experienced a significant rainfall event a couple of weeks ago. Reports from the time period trickled out of the Agency of Natural Resources this week, and the  Caledonian-Record reported the site experienced, “one observed ‘major blow out’ of a perimeter control” feature. Unclear in the reports is whether damaging runoff to area roads and other features would have been less had the project not been sited on the area’s ridgelines.

Controversy continued at other wind sites throughout the state this week. In Derby the Caledonian-Record reported a resident was demanding an apology from the Select Board after a member of the Board resorted to name calling during the debate around the proposed wind project. VPR reported that in Newark opponents to the proposed wind project there were attempting to stop the project while still in the planning phase.

I wanted to make you aware of two videos also worth watching. First, we have put together a quick, sharable, version of our “Vermont Energy Options” video. Please watch it and share it with your friends and on Facebook. Also, over in Australia a major news network investigated the human impacts of putting wind turbines too close to homes, and offered mostly really good reporting on the issue.

I was disappointed I didn’t find any solar or biomass news this week…please if you see something let me know via email. Lastly the kind folks at The North Springfield Action Groupare hosting me for a talk about a “Vermont-Scale” approach to renewable energy on June 26th at 7PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield. Please come! The presentation will cover a path to Vermont’s renewable future that supports community input and combats climate change.

Have a great weekend and happy Father’s Day,


Luke

 

 

 

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

Jun 15, 2012 04:54 pm | alina

Reposted from VTDigger.   Jon Margolis is VTDigger.org’s political analyst.   Sen. Bernie Sanders has a campaign rally scheduled for West Rutland a week from Saturday, and he shouldn’t be surprised if he confronts some angry protesters. Not, this time, from political conservatives who disagree with almost every position the decidedly left-of-center (though not really …

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Jun 15, 2012 02:42 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   Wednesday’s editorial was almost cute in its naivete. It said Reunion Power has a good case for building 20 490-foot-tall turbines along a six-mile stretch of ridgeline through four towns because there’s a road providing access to radio towers.   As anyone who’s seen the destruction on Vermont’s Lowell Mountain …

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Jun 15, 2012 02:38 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   A heartfelt thank-you to the Select Board of the town of Castleton for their stand against the proposed industrial wind project on the Grandpa’s Knob ridgeline. Your willingness to listen to and acknowledge the overwhelming opposition of your citizens to this project is a wonderful statement in support of the …

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Jun 15, 2012 02:34 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   LOWELL — The stormwater controls on the Lowell wind site had to be repaired and upgraded in some locations following a “significant” rain storm May 29, according to a state stormwater specialist. Kevin Burke with the Agency of Natural Resources said he investigated the situation on Lowell Mountain the day after …

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Jun 14, 2012 02:37 pm | alina

Reposted from VPR.   Opponents of what would be Vermont’s largest ridgeline wind development are trying to stop the project while it’s still in the planning stage. The early skirmishes involve wind testing equipment planned for the northern Caledonia County town of Newark. Before Eolian Renewable Energy applies to put up 35 to 40 turbines …

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Jun 14, 2012 02:25 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   Leaders of the Northeast Kingdom’s regional planning commission want to investigate some of the thorniest questions about industrial-sized wind projects. What are the health risks? Why is this kind of ridgeline development allowed? Are there less controversial, less intrusive alternatives? Are industrial-sized wind turbines worth it?   The executive committee of …

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Jun 14, 2012 02:22 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   DERBY — Heated debate degenerated into name-calling during the height of the Derby Line Wind Project controversy, leading one Derby resident to seek an apology from the chairman of the Derby Select Board or face a lawsuit. Wind opponent Glenda Nye has demanded that Brian Smith apologize to her, at a …

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Jun 14, 2012 02:19 pm | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   If we allow our ridgelines to be blasted and turned into industrial zones, fully nullifying Vermont’s principle asset – its beautiful landscape… If we permit the (permanent?) destruction of our ridgelines which are habitat vital to birds, wildlife and human recreation…   If we sacrifice the health, lives and …

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Jun 14, 2012 02:13 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   The Castleton Select Board’s decision to stand against the proposed wind project on Grandpa’s Knob is finding support in other towns affected by the plan. The project’s developer, Reunion Power, would not comment on Castleton’s action but other town and state officials weighed in on what the opposition could mean …

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Jun 12, 2012 10:05 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   CASTLETON — In what could be the start of a chain reaction, officials in Castleton took a stand against the proposed wind project on Grandpa’s Knob. The Select Board voted Monday night to oppose the wind turbine development on the ridgeline and not enter into a host town agreement with …

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Jun 11, 2012 10:44 am | alina

Reposted from Times Argus.   Commentary by Dr. James Rademacher   Reunion Power (RP) has been to the towns of Castleton, Hubbardton, Pittsford and West Rutland to present its plan to install 16 to 20 industrial wind turbines on the Taconic Range from just south of Grandpa’s Knob extending north into Pittsford. These 500 foot …

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