This Week: Lowell Noise, Banner Protests, Events, Opinions & More…

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This week thirty-two neighbors of the Lowell wind project reported being impacted by “horrendous”  and “unbearable” noise while 15 of the 21 turbines were operating. Some described the noise “like a jet engine that never took off” and others reported being awoken from their beds in the middle of the night. The Burlington Free Press and the Caledonian-Record reported on the noise issues. GMP Spokesperson Dotty Schnure said they wanted to hear from people impacted by the noise and, “If there is an issue, we will address it.” There has been no word on what their next steps might be. This comes at a time when Seven Days ran a piece examining the differing views on the project that ended with the suggestion that concerns are unlikely to go away anytime soon. Additionally, there was a commentary on the potential for noise issues from utility-scale wind in Vermont Business Magazine this month.

On Monday protesters hit Montpelier to show their concern for Gov. Shumlin’s support of utility-scale wind in Vermont. They unfurled forty foot banners off the roof of the Capital Plaza Hotel. Click on the picture above for the full version. The banners called out Shumlin for his comments on NEK Vermonters concerned about wind, and for owning oil and gas stocks while also professing to be concerned about climate change.  WCAX reported on the protest, as did a couple of papers from the NEK. Also this week the Rutland Herald also ran a commentary by Tyler Resch of Shaftsbury talking about how the Deerfield wind project would be “monstrous” and the Caledonian-Record reported that the town of Derby will hold a town-wide non-binding referendum on utility-scale wind in March.

While last week saw the first meeting of the Governor’s new renewable energy siting commission, next week brings the second meeting. The meeting will take place on Wednesday November 14th at 9AM in the Pavilion Auditorium inside the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. If you choose to attend, don’t forget to bring a photo ID to get into the building. Also, to see the schedule for the commission and to keep up with everything going on you can access their website at

VNRC is putting on forums talking about Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). They are looking to update folks on the plan’s progress, get feedback, and develop next steps for this coming year. The last of the forums is coming up in Montpelier on Thursday November 15th and you can find more information here. Definitely check it out if you are in the area.

Lastly, VECAN is now taking registration for their 2012 Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. The conference includes a bevy of great discussions and workshops for folks interested in energy in Vermont, including two on utility-scale wind and one on community-scale solar. Check out the agenda and register today. The event is on December 1st at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Have a great weekend and thanks for your support!




Lukas B. Snelling

Nov 09, 2012 09:39 am | april

Reposted from The Caledonian Record. DERBY — The Derby Planning Commission is determined to ask for a town-wide referendum on wind projects, despite requests for a moratorium from opponents. A non-binding referendum is what wind proponents in Derby want as well. Derby farmer Bryan Davis, who has tried to get a large turbine erected on …

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Nov 08, 2012 12:21 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. Thirty-three residents of Albany and Lowell have complained to the state about “horrendous noise” last weekend from the commercial wind turbines newly erected atop Lowell Mountain. “It sounded like a jet engine,” said Barbara Stone, who lives off Vermont 14 about 2.5 miles from the mountain. She said the noise …

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Nov 08, 2012 12:17 pm | kate

Reposted from Seven Days. The temperatures were bracing this particular morning. We hopped out of the SUV at turbine one, the northernmost tower. With the wind blowing between six and nine meters a second, the turbine was functioning at about half power. The sound at the base of the tower came at us in a …

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Nov 08, 2012 12:10 pm | kate

Reposted from the Caledonian Record. LOWELL — Neighbors of the Lowell wind project say that they experienced noise over the weekend — noise loud enough to awaken some of them from sleep Saturday morning. Neighbors Don and Shirley Nelson, joined by 19 other people who live within three and a half miles of the wind …

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Nov 06, 2012 11:31 am | kate

Reposted from WCAX. MONTPELIER, Vt. – An unusual political protest Monday in Montpelier targeting Governor Shumlin and his support of industrial wind projects. A group calling itself Mountain Occupiers unfurled two 40-foot banners from the roof of the Capital Plaza Hotel on State Street at noon. The group opposes wind projects on Vermont ridge lines and …

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Nov 06, 2012 11:28 am | kate

Reposted from Vermontbiz. Recent media attention about wind energy development in Vermont, including this magazine’s editorial last month (“The Question” October 2012), misses a critical reason why so many communities around the state are saying “no” to utility-scale wind on Vermont ridgelines – it’s not just about the view. When you focus solely on the …

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Nov 05, 2012 04:03 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. MONTPELIER — Kim Fried of Newark stood up near the end of a three-hour meeting devoted to the complex requirements of Vermont’s review process for approving energy projects such as ridgeline wind turbines. His town, Fried said, has done what the state has long urged. It wrote a town plan, …

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Nov 05, 2012 03:55 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Over recent centuries, it is clear that humans have been using petroleum-based products to such an extent that the residues are having negative long-range impacts on climate. Indeed, there are limits to how much fossil-based material the earth’s crust is going to be able to provide. The energies of the future …

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Nov 05, 2012 03:49 pm | kate

Reposted from VT Digger. Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Vanessa Mills Holmquist, a Montessori preschool teacher from Pittsford. I have talked to my own children about the importance of conservation and preservation of our natural world since they were old enough to accompany me outdoors. In the past, I volunteered in our local elementary …

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