This Week: Charlotte Solar, Putney Community Solar, PSB Letters, Opinions & More…

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A bunch of solar news this week, all types, from corporate to community. The Public Service Board issued a proposed decision in the Charlotte Solar permit process. The PSB recommended reducing the size of the project by 10%, bringing the total space occupied by the project to 13 acres, instead of covering the complete 15 acres of open space available on the plot. Seven Days covered the proposed decision. The Brattleboro Reformer covered a proposed community solar project in Putney. The project would be a 150kw group net-metered project. You can learn more about the group behind the project on their website. In Rutland, city officials are mulling how to judge and approve solar projects in anticipation of becoming Vermont’s “solar city.”

As usual there was no shortage of utility-scale wind related news and opinions this week. Seven Days did a write up covering some of the issues surrounding the Georgia Mountain wind project. The paper received many opinions in response to the article, most pointing out that the article seemed to take a very sympathetic position towards the developer. The West Rutland Select Board sent a letter to the PSB requesting that they deny any requested extension of the CPG for MET towers that have been at the Grandpa’s Knob site for the last couple of years. Their CPG says they must be removed in December, and the town sent the letter to make it clear they, “don’t want the wind project.” In Clarendon, town officials approved a resolution requesting the Rutland Regional Planning Commission pass a three year moratorium on utility-scale wind development in the area. They did so with “grave concerns” on how the technology would impact their community.

The two brothers arrested protesting the Lowell wind project back in July had their court date this week. They pleaded “No Contest” and were offered a $300 fine, or to serve two days of jail time. One selected to pay the fine, the other the jail time. The Caledonian-Record covered their reasons for their protest and choice.

The Middlebury Campus, the student weekly newspaper, did a macro-level review of the wind controversy in Vermont this week, running the headline, “Wind Debate Explodes Across Vermont.” There was also a boat load of wind related opinions this week, including:

Before we head into the weekend, I wanted to give you a heads up we will be having our annual meeting on Saturday September 22nd in Randolph. Please email me at luke@energizevermont.org and let me know if you’d be interested in attending. We’d love to have you if you are passionate about shaping Vermont’s energy future and helping grow Energize Vermont.

Have a great weekend and thanks for your support!

Luke

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

 

Sep 14, 2012 07:37 pm | EV

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald. WEST RUTLAND — Town officials hope to block two wind measurement towers on the Grandpa’s Knob ridgeline from receiving an extension of their certificate of public good. In a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board dated Sept. 10, town officials asked the board to deny any extension to …

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Sep 14, 2012 11:20 am | alina

Reposted from Seven Days.   Rocky Reporting In response to the wind project article on Georgia Mountain [“Chittenden County’s First Wind Project Is Small, Local and, of Course, Generating Opposition,” September 5], I would just like to state that the “golf-ball-size” flyrock should be seen before one describes it. Flyrock that is larger than a …

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Sep 14, 2012 12:12 am | alina

Reposted from Caledonian Record.   The Ira brothers – who pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct by obstruction for their role in blocking trucks carrying wind turbine parts to the Lowell wind project site – say they made their point through civil disobedience and had no reason to bring their cases to trial.   Jacob …

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Sep 14, 2012 12:06 am | alina

Reposted from the Middlebury Campus.   On Aug. 6, six demonstrators were arrested in Lowell, Vt. at the site of the Kingdom Community Wind Project. These six demonstrators, members of a fifty-person protest group assembled to voice their disapproval of commercial wind-farming, bringing the total number of arrests made at this site to 15. This …

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Sep 14, 2012 12:02 am | alina

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. VPIRG and the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club support ridgeline wind. That’s disappointing. Several dozens of wind turbines in Vermont won’t alter a massive, global problem that involves the habits and aspirations of millions and the policies of nations, and on which time is running out. Vermont wind is …

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Sep 12, 2012 01:26 pm | alina

Reposted from Seven Days.   A controversial solar farm proposed in Charlotte has moved a step closer to reality. A hearing officer for the Vermont Public Service Board is recommending the PSB give the go-ahead for the Charlotte Solar Farm, a 2.2-megawatt project that’s tentatively slated for a field off Hinesburg Road in East Charlotte. …

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Sep 12, 2012 01:25 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   CLARENDON – Two municipal boards support a temporary halt on wind projects throughout the region until more studies can be completed on potential impacts of large scale turbines. The Clarendon Select Board has joined town planners in requesting the Rutland Regional Planning Commission executive board pass a resolution calling for …

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Sep 12, 2012 01:22 pm | alina

Reposted from Caledonian-Record.   NEWPORT CITY — As blades started turning on one of the wind turbines in Lowell this week, the Ira brothers – arrested for blocking a truck hauling wind tower parts to the Lowell wind project in July – resolved their cases in Orleans Superior Court-Criminal Division Tuesday. In a courtroom filled …

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Sep 12, 2012 01:20 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   FAIR HAVEN — It had a strong start several weeks ago, but the energy campaign spearheaded by town officials has shown some signs of slowing down. Interim Town Manager William Humphries recently said the town is still receiving responses to questionnaires from elected officials on the Beaver Wood Energy campaign, …

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Sep 12, 2012 01:16 pm | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   The local and statewide issue of industrial wind turbines on our ridgelines needs to be addressed by the Vermont Legislature. We need legislators who will bring this issue forward during the next session. A complete and immediate moratorium for industrial wind power must be implemented. The moratorium must last until …

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Sep 11, 2012 12:18 am | alina

Reposted from Rutland Herald.   Imagine a small, but beautiful state in the northeastern part of the United States, a state with beautiful valleys, pristine forests, and great Green Mountains, for which this state was named. Yes, that state is our own Vermont. Imagine Vermont governed from a grass-roots level, led by a few good …

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