This Week: NVDA Vote, Windham Wind, Energy Talk, Encore Contract & More….

Jun 29, 2012 No Comments by

Three big news items this week, each seeing substantial coverage in the press. First, last night the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) approved a 3-year moratorium on wind energy development in the Northeast Kingdom. The vote was 36-3 three in favor of the measure. Board Chairman of the planning group, Kenn Stransky, was quoted as saying, “We keep hearing over and over again that the cards are stacked against small towns” when it comes to big wind. The measure saw coverage on WCAX and in theBurlington Free Press. Earlier in the week the NVDA’s energy committee reported the NEK now is a net exporter of energy.

Earlier in the week news broke that the Public Service Board had rejected Encore Redevelopment’s request to extend their standard contract under the SPEED program for one of the turbines they had planned to build in Derby. The PSB decision said if they had granted the request it could “open the door to gaming the milestones” for these types of contracts. Encore would have to build the turbine project by January of 2013 to meet the contract deadlines. The Caledonian-Record reported the story with the headline, “Wind Developer Loses Battle” and the Newport Daily Express used, “Encore Runs Out of Wind.” 

On Wednesday the Brattleboro Reformer reported on Iberdrola’s request to put up MET towers in Windham and Grafton. If approved the firm plans to collect six months to a year of wind data and then determine if they want to try to build a utility-scale wind project at the site off of Route 121. Windham’s town currently has regulations restricting turbine development and the chair of the town selectboard was quoted as saying, “Our intention is to uphold our town plan.”

On Tuesday night I gave a talk in Springfield to about 50 people from the surrounding area. I looked at how we can develop renewable energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and still preserve the character of the state. The Rutland Herald covered the talk here. I am working on getting you video from the talk, but in the mean time you can see my slides here.

Last week also included the Public Service Board hearings on the Charlotte Solar project, no word on that yet, but I’ll keep you posted. Lastly, this week included several opinions of note:

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Thanks, have a great weekend, and enjoy the 4th,

Luke

 

 

 

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

Jun 29, 2012 04:06 pm | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   The regional planning board in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom has voted overwhelmingly for a three-year moratorium on wind energy development in the three-county area.   The vote was 36-3 at a meeting of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the regional planning commission for Essex, Caledonia and Orleans counties.   “Small …

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Jun 29, 2012 04:03 pm | alina

Reposted from WCAX.   ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – Regional planners in the Northeast Kingdom want a moratorium on new industrial wind development in that part of the state. The Kingdom is home to Vermont’s largest wind farm in Sheffield and another large-scale project under construction in Lowell. Now with other projects on the drawing board, …

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Jun 29, 2012 03:00 pm | alina

Reposted from Bennington Banner.   SEARSBURG — The Green Mountain National Forest filed a response earlier this week to a lawsuit from a non-profit group opposing the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of a wind power project on federal forestland in the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro. If completed, the Deerfield Wind Project would be the …

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Jun 29, 2012 02:57 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   A recent article in The Caledonian-Record about NVDA’s recent deliberations about wind characterized me simplistically as someone who “opposes utility-scale wind power.” This is incorrect. I spent over a decade passionately and successfully advocating for utility-scale wind generation for the Eastern Plains of New Mexico (part of the Great Plains), and …

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Jun 29, 2012 02:55 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   SPRINGFIELD — Energize Vermont urged area residents concerned about the proposed wood-fired power plant in North Springfield to get behind proposed changes to the makeup of the Public Service Board.   Lukas Snelling, executive director of the Rutland County based nonprofit advocacy group, told about 50 people at the Unitarian …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:59 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   Correction! We’re opposed to met tower   To the Editor:   I have been informed that, in an article written by Amy Ash Nixon on 6/16/12, the implication was made that my wife Sally and I (in a letter to the Public Service Board) are in favor of — or at …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:57 pm | alina

Reposted from Newport Daily Express.   DERBY LINE – Opponents of the Derby Line Wind Project are hailing a decision by the Public Service Board (PSB) Friday to deny Encore Redevelopment a “milestone extension.” If the extension had been granted, it would have allowed the company to have more time to meet the requirements necessary …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:55 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — The Northeast Kingdom now produces more electricity than its businesses and residents need, officials with the Northeastern Vermont Development Association said Thursday. “The Northeast Kingdom is a net exporter of energy. We now produce more energy than our area uses,” said Jim Greenwood, the NVDA staff member based …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:52 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   DERBY — State utility regulators won’t give a “commissioning milestone extension” guaranteeing preferred electricity rates for the Derby Line Wind Project, effectively ending the financial viability of a single industrial turbine on the Grand View Farm. The Vermont Public Service Board says, in a memo issued Friday, that Encore Redevelopment gambled …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:50 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   BRIGHTON — Owners of a logging yard in Brighton have permission to store parts for wind turbines arriving by rail and destined for the Lowell wind project. The Brighton Development Review Board unanimously granted a site plan review permit for the property near the railroad line on Route 105 East Brighton …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:48 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   I read your June 22 editorial with great relief. It was not long ago, 2008-2009, that the town of Ira was engaged in a battle with industrial wind. The editor took his children for a ride in those beautiful hills and felt that the towers wouldn’t disturb those rolling Taconic …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:45 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   A recent Herald editorial stated that the wind turbines on Pittsford Ridge “would not sit atop the battlefield.” This statement appears to be in error when one reads a sign at Hubbardton Battlefield which states, “Pittsford Ridge played a prominent role in the battle…” and combatants ascended “to the summit,” …

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Jun 27, 2012 07:44 pm | alina

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer.   WINDHAM — The world’s largest wind-power producer is laying groundwork for what could be the first commercial turbine development in Windham County. Iberdrola Renewables, the U.S. division of Spain-based Iberdrola S.A., has issued notice of a pending application to place two meteorological-testing towers in the town of Windham and one …

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Jun 26, 2012 11:21 pm | alina

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer.   WINDHAM – The world’s largest wind-power producer is laying groundwork for what could be the first commercial turbine development in Windham County. Iberdrola Renewables has issued notice of a pending application to place two meteorological-testing towers in the town of Windham and one in Grafton. Those towers will allow the …

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Jun 26, 2012 11:10 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   WEST RUTLAND — All four host towns for a proposed wind project are in agreement. They all oppose the project with West Rutland voting against it Monday night. In a 2-1 vote the town Select Board joined the towns of Castleton, Hubbardton and Pittsford in its opposition of Reunion Power’s …

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Jun 25, 2012 11:50 am | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   I read with interest the recent letter to the editor written by Robert E. Howland of Pittsford regarding the industrial wind farm proposed for Grandpa’s Knob and have a few questions and observations based on that letter.   Mr. Howland, why did you fail to state anywhere in your letter …

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