This Week: Grafton Meeting, Turbine Construction, Solar, Opinions & More…

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Over 100 Vermonters packed into a small community room Monday night in Grafton to discuss the proposed Iberdrola wind project slated for the nearby ridgeline. The meeting included a presentation by Ben Luce and a panel of Vermonters with first hand experience living near the Lowell wind project. The meeting was covered by the Rutland Herald and The Commons Online. The town is planning to have other informational meetings in the future. The group that organized the meeting is staying in touch with supporters on Facebook as Friends of Grafton’s Heritage.

Two utility-scale wind projects made news this week for their construction status. Green Mountain Power announced that the 21st turbine at the Lowell wind project had come onlineand that they had qualified for their federal subsidies. They also said they had lost their battle with ISO-NE and would need an $11 million dollar part to stabilize the project’s grid connection. That cost was not originally included in the evaluation of the project, and will be passed onto ratepayers. The Burlington Free Press reported that the Georgia Mountain wind project is also nearing completion.

Vermont Edition on VPR took some time to review how the Public Service Board works and get feedback from Vermonters on the process. You can listen to the segment online. Most of the feedback about the current process was negative and many offered  ideas on how the process could better serve citizens.

The massive 200MW solar project proposed for three towns in the NEK made more news this week. Company officials continue to say they are serious about the project, but have not yet applied to the PSB for the necessary permits. Utility officials still have doubts that a project that size could be successfully integrated into the area’s grid.

The Governor’s Energy Siting Commission announced two more meeting dates. Meetings are open to the public and will occur on December 6th and 19th. You can see the full schedule of dates and location details on their calendar.

This week included several opinions across a range of topics in the papers:

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Nov 29, 2012 11:59 am | kate

Reposted from The Newport Daily Express. LOWELL – The 21st and final wind turbine in Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) wind project on Lowell Mountain was commissioned November 20, effectively securing $44-million in Federal Production Tax Credits. The tax credits will go to GMP over a ten-year period and every penny is a cost savings to …

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Nov 29, 2012 11:52 am | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Coincidence! Coincidence! How many “coincidences” do we have to have before the public realizes that those pushing the biomass project in North Springfield are trying to sell us a bill of goods. It just happened that when it was revealed (by a private citizen) that Springfield did not have enough water …

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Nov 28, 2012 01:52 pm | kate

Reposted from The Commons Online. GRAFTON—About 125 residents from Windham and Grafton crowded into the White Chapel Monday night to hear from a panel of six speakers to discuss a proposed wind farm that straddles both towns. The meeting was organized by Liisa Kissel of Friends of Grafton Heritage, with state Rep. Carolyn Partridge, D-Windham, …

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Nov 27, 2012 02:01 pm | kate

Reposted from Vermont Public Radio. Click here to listen. When an energy project or a transmission line is proposed in Vermont, it’s the Public Service Board that decides whether the project can go forward. The board is a quasi-judicial body, and critics say that process doesn’t give the public enough say when energy generation projects are …

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Nov 27, 2012 01:52 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. GRAFTON — Noise is a little-recognized danger from wind projects, a physics professor told more than 100 Grafton area residents Monday night. The residents packed The White Chapel to hear both the personal and theoretical reasons against ridgeline wind development in Vermont, as Grafton and neighboring Windham consider a proposal by …

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Nov 27, 2012 01:46 pm | kate

Reposted from News & Citizen. Questions have now arisen regarding the possible multi-site solar facility that could be built in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Several local utilities, organizations, and individuals have recently questioned whether the 200 MW solar project could happen in the time period first mentioned, or at all. The proposed solar facility project would …

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Nov 26, 2012 03:43 pm | kate

Reposted from Caledonian Record. NEWARK — Reaction continues to be strong – and frustrated – among Newark officials and many townspeople over the rulings late last week by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) that the town’s amended plan will not be considered in a developer’s application to erect meteorological towers in the community. Newark recently …

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Nov 26, 2012 03:34 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. MILTON — The view from David Armstrong’s Milton yard has changed in recent weeks. Tall, gleaming white wind turbines are sprouting from the top of Georgia Mountain behind his neighborhood. “I’m for them,” said Armstrong as he stood in his driveway last week. “It’s a first step in the right …

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Nov 26, 2012 03:28 pm | kate

Reposted from Barton Chronicle. ISLAND POND — Within the next few days every registered voter and property taxpayer in the town of Brighton can expect to receive a ballot in the mail. That ballot asks the recipient whether or not they favor, oppose or remain undecided on the issue of industrial wind projects on ridgelines …

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Nov 26, 2012 03:24 pm | kate

Reposted from VT Digger. Editor’s note: This story by Robin Smith was first published in The Caledonian-Record, the state’s third largest daily newspaper. LOWELL — The 21st and final turbine of the Lowell wind project was “commissioned” Tuesday evening when it was brought online to produce electricity for the grid. That means Montreal-based Gaz Metro’s …

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Nov 26, 2012 03:17 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. KILLINGTON — Killington Ski Resort prides itself for opening first every ski and snowboard season. Now they are priding themselves for being the first Vermont ski resort to run on Cow Power. The K1 Express gondola was busy transporting skiers and riders to Killington Peak on Saturday. Just below the loading …

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Nov 24, 2012 05:06 pm | april

Reposted from The Rutland Herald. COLCHESTER — A proposed three-year moratorium on ridgeline wind energy projects in Vermont could dampen any future investment in renewable energy, a developer says. But Caledonia Republican Sen. Joe Benning, a proponent of a three-year moratorium, said the Northeast Kingdom is being targeted by wind developers and a time-out is …

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