This Week: DPS Supports Town Plans, Rutland & BTV Solar, Rally Coverage & More…

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***EVENT NOTICES***

On Sunday morning the Lowell Mountain Occupiers are inviting Vermonters to come hike the mountain and see the Lowell wind project first hand. Hiking starts at 10AM and is highly suggested for anyone that hasn’t yet made the trip to see the project. Directions and details are available on the Lowell Mountain Occupiers blog. 

***NEWS FROM THE WEEK***

The big news this week actually comes from the end of last week. The Rally to Protect Vermont’s Mountains was a huge success. Over 250 Vermonters turned out on the State House Lawn to award Gov. Shumlin, the Department of Public Service and the Public Service Board with a Certificate of Public Harm (CPH). The CPH documented many of the reasons why Vermonters are concerned about utility-scale wind development on our ridgelines. Click on the images at the right for more pictures from the day. You can also read the full Certificate of Public Harm here. The event received a bunch of press coverage worth reading if you didn’t make it. VTDiggerWPTZFox 44The Burlington Free PressVPR and others all covered the event.

A bit of news on the solar front this week. In Rutland GMP has made an offer to lease land at the former landfill to build a solar project. It was revealed in the Rutland Herald that a land purchase made in Bennington was done so with plans to develop the parcel into a solar project. The Burlington Free Press also covered Burlington City officials talking about new ways the city can become more solar friendly.  

In wind news this week the Department of Public Service provided an opinion to the Public Service Board that it should reject the application for MET towers in Windham because the town’s plan prohibits their development. This position prompted a response from the developer, claiming that it was an inappropriate to give so much weight to the local town’s desires. The Department of Public Service also offered an opinion that the most recently updated Newark town plan should apply to the MET tower application for the Seneca Mountain wind project as well. Again there the out of state developer is pressing on,suggesting that the plan shouldn’t apply

Killington announced they plan to power a ski lift this winter with methane gas recovered from cow manure. The Public Service Board said they are considering sanctions against GMPfor having turbine parts trucked through towns without proper notice. The Sheffield wind project is down for maintenance and the state has agreed to install noise monitoring equipment at the home of a family living about a mile from the project. They are doing so after substantial evidence has shown that noise from the project may be impacting their home’s livability. 

Lastly, there were several great opinions in the papers this week, including:

Did I miss some renewable energy news this week? If you see it, send it to me atluke@energizevermont.org so I can cover it here! 

Have a great weekend and thanks for your support!

Luke

 

 

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

 

Oct 19, 2012 12:15 pm | april

Reposted from Vermont Today. KILLINGTON — Vermont’s Killington ski resort says it’s going to power one of its lifts this season with electricity generated from methane gas recovered from cow manure. The resort is planning to power its K-1 Express Gondola with electricity generated through Green Mountain Power’s Cow Power program, which enables customers to …

 

Oct 19, 2012 11:57 am | april

Reposted from The Burlington Free Press. New, clearly written opposition to commercial wind development in the Newark town plan must be considered as the Public Service Board weighs an application for a project known as Seneca Mountain Wind, the Public Service Department argued in a memorandum filed this week. At issue are plans by Eolian …

 

Oct 19, 2012 11:48 am | EV

Reposted from the Caledonian-Record. SHEFFIELD — The 16 wind turbines at the Sheffield wind project have been down for a few days, as maintenance takes place, confirmed company spokesman John Lamontagne, reached in Boston on Thursday. “Yes, the Sheffield project has been down for a couple days,” said Lamontagne. “Every year, around this time of …

 

Oct 19, 2012 11:40 am | EV

Reposted here from the Caledonian-Record. SHEFFIELD — A family with two young children who live within a mile of some of the 16 industrial-scale wind turbines operated by First Wind here have succeeded this week in having the state agree to install a noise monitor at their home. Luann and Steve Therrien, who live at …

 

Oct 19, 2012 11:36 am | EV

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald. I’m thrilled! I’m on cloud nine because Paul Burns, the head of the environmental group VPIRG, stated to an audience of Middlebury College students on Oct. 9 that “there is no mountaintop destruction associated with wind turbines in Vermont,” when he was referring to the construction of large industrial …

 

Oct 18, 2012 03:54 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. Might a mix of policy changes in Burlington increase the number of solar installations in the city? City officials say things are looking up, after years of a relatively sluggish adoption rate for panels. But some say factors beyond the city’s zoning policies are barriers to more solar electricity generation. …

 

Oct 18, 2012 03:44 pm | kate

Reposted from Vermont Today. BENNINGTON — A company called Bennington Solar Park, LLC, bought a 10-acre parcel on Main Street on Monday but the plans for the land have not yet been announced. The agent for the sale, Gabriel Selig, declined to comment on Tuesday. The company’s address is listed as Southport, Conn. The property, …

 

Oct 18, 2012 03:35 pm | kate

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer. WINDHAM — The state Department of Public Service’s stance against building wind-testing towers here is “unprecedented” and relies on “unpersuasive and troubling” legal logic, a wind power company argues. Furthermore, Atlantic Wind LLC contends the department’s recent decision could impede development of energy across Vermont by giving towns too much authority …

 

Oct 18, 2012 03:29 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. In the late 1960s to early 1970s a developer presented compelling data and made promises to the Vermont Legislature about the efficacy of a proposed nuclear power plant. The promises and persuasive data included how the new “clean” technology would not adversely impact the environment, how the “clean” power generated by …

 

Oct 16, 2012 03:19 pm | kate

Reposted from Caledonian Record. State utility regulators will hold a hearing to decide if Green Mountain Power should face financial penalties for shipping turbine parts across northwestern Vermont to the Lowell wind site without proper local approval. The Vermont Public Service Board wants GMP to offer details that can be questioned by state officials. A …

 

Oct 16, 2012 03:12 pm | kate

Resposted from Caledonian Record. The town of Windham’s town plan — like Newark’s newly amended town plan — states the town does not want an industrial–scale wind project as one of its commercial uses. An attorney for the Vermont Department of Public Service sent a strongly–worded, four-page letter to the Public Service Board recently advising …

 

Oct 16, 2012 03:06 pm | kate

Reposted from Newport Daily Express. MONTPELIER, VT – Over 200 Vermonters came together at a rally in Montpelier Friday to award Gov. Peter Shumlin, his administration, the Public Service Board, and wind developers a ceremonial Certificate of Public Harm (CPH) to recognize their support for the destructive development of big wind on Vermont’s mountains. The …

 

Oct 16, 2012 03:00 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. There is no greater challenge and opportunity to our state and our world than transforming the way we use and produce energy. Our climate, our energy independence and our economic security depend on it. Vermont has an extraordinary opportunity to lead the nation when it comes to creating jobs and …

 

Oct 16, 2012 02:50 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Green Mountain Power is seeking to lease city land for what would be one of the largest solar power projects in the state. The utility presented an offer to the Board of Aldermen on Monday, which voted unanimously to refer the issue to the community and economic development committee. Earlier in the …

 

Oct 15, 2012 05:54 pm | kate

Reposted from Vermont Public Radio. The developer of a potential Northeast Kingdom wind project says he’ll respect town residents’ wishes if they don’t want wind towers. But first he wants to see if there would even be enough wind at the site to make the project viable. Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is …

 

Oct 15, 2012 03:41 pm | kate

Reposted from Vermont Public Radio. About 200 people gathered on the Statehouse lawn on Friday to voice their opposition to large-scale wind projects. A few of the protesters stood out from the crowd. They were dressed in Revolutionary War garb and were there because of a planned wind development on a ridgeline overlooking the Hubbardton …

 

Oct 15, 2012 03:34 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. Some 200 people traveled by bus from West Rutland, Newark, Albany and other hotspots of wind development Friday in hopes of catching the attention of Gov. Peter Shumlin. They gathered outside Shumlin’s office in Montpelier for a rally and to sign a “certificate of public harm,” a play on the …

 

Oct 15, 2012 03:25 pm | kate

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer. WINDHAM — The state Department of Public Service is urging rejection of a proposal to build wind-testing towers here, saying such construction would be “wholly contrary” to the Town of Windham’s regulations. The department’s strongly worded letter does not end the process: It still will fall to the state’s Public Service …

 

Oct 15, 2012 03:13 pm | kate

Reposted from Fox 44 News. MONTPELIER, Vt. – They brought signs, drums and their voices Friday in front of the capital building to deliver this message. “Industrial sized wind projects on our ridgelines must stop!” said a protestor. While a rally against wind isn’t new in Montpelier, the protests appear to be gaining new supporters. “It’s …

 

Oct 15, 2012 03:08 pm | kate

Reposted from WPTZ. COLCHESTER, Vt. — Hundreds of protestors demonstrated against wind energy projects Friday, hoping to get the attention of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration. A passionate crowd from all parts of Vermont descended on the statehouse with a common cause on Friday. “We are a group of Vermonters that have seen the impacts of …

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