This Week: Siting Commission Meeting, Rutland Solar, Opinions & More…

Nov 02, 2012 No Comments by

Governor Shumlin’s recently created Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission held its first meeting Wednesday afternoon. The meeting featured administration officials talking about various aspects of the existing policy and also some comments from the public about their struggles with the process. The Burlington Free Press said, “Siting Commission draws wind critics to first meeting” and VPR covered the event saying, “New Energy Siting Commission Begins Review of Projects.” The next meeting is scheduled for mid-November.

The Governor’s remarks referring to those against utility-scale wind and other utility-scale development as members of the CAVE (Committee Against Virtually Everything) has led to a swift rebuttal from Vermonters in the papers. Some of the strongly worded letters included:

In other wind related news The Deerfield Valley News ran an article talking about the appeal status of Iberdrola’s Deerfield Wind project and discusses how it would be the first of its kind on public land. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association unanimously approved the new Newark town plan, including its restrictions on utility-scale wind development in the town. Over in Derby, the Planning Commission voted to include a non-binding referendum on wind projects at the March town meeting ballot.

Lastly, this week the Rutland Herald reported that work has begun at Green Mountain Power’s solar project off of Cleveland Avenue in Rutland. The construction will take six to eight weeks and when completed the project will have 150kw in capacity. GMP is also planning a 2MW facility at the old landfill.

I love hearing your feedback on our energy issues. With the first meeting of the Siting Commission done, and more to come, I am curious, what do you think should be the commission’s #1 recommendation to revise the siting process when they finish their work in April? Let me know via email at Also, don’t forget, if you see Vermont renewable energy news, let me know.

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Have a great weekend and thanks for your support!




Lukas B. Snelling



Nov 02, 2012 02:15 pm | april

Reposted from VPR. A new state commission has begun to wade into the contentious debate over where Vermont builds energy projects. Critics say the state’s ridgelines are at risk from industrial-scale wind development. But the panel will confine its review to the permitting process and will not examine the state’s overall goals for renewable energy. …

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Nov 02, 2012 01:25 pm | april

Reposted from The Times Argus. By RANDALL SUSMAN Gov. Shumlin and Sen. Brock took opposite sides in the recent debate on Vermont’s energy future in Burlington. Gov. Shumlin is, and has been, an outspoken advocate for curbing greenhouse gases. On July 7, the governor and leaders in the Northeast and Canada pledged to work to …

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Nov 01, 2012 05:19 pm | kate

1) Watch the door, Governor An open letter to Peter Shumlin: To the emperor wannabe, Peter Shumlin. You want to call people who question rotten government CAVE (Committees Against Virtually Everything), but it is you who are creating virtually useless committees. You, Pete, are so willing to be taken in by foreign wind turbine developers …

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Nov 01, 2012 05:09 pm | kate

Reposted from Caledonian Record. The amended Newark Town Plan has been unanimously approved by the Northeastern Vermont Development Association’s board of directors. The Newark Town Plan was amended by the town’s planning commission, and voted in by residents last month, as well as the Newark select board. The changes include language stating the community does …

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Nov 01, 2012 04:57 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Gov. Shumlin’s recent scornful and intemperate remarks regarding folks concerned about mountaintop destruction (“Candidates take opposite tacks on energy,” Vermont Press Bureau, Oct. 24) detract from a rational debate about what is emerging as perhaps Vermont’s greatest environmental battle of the decade. The governor has many laudable ideas. For example, the …

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Nov 01, 2012 04:50 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 01, 2012 04:34 pm | kate

Reposted from The Caledonian Record. DERBY — The Derby Planning Commission wants to know what voters think about wind projects. The planning commission voted unanimously to request that the select board put a non-binding referendum on the March town meeting ballot on wind projects in Derby. The commission made that vote last week in advance …

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Nov 01, 2012 04:21 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Work is scheduled to begin today on the Cleveland Avenue solar project. Green Mountain Power announced Wednesday afternoon that the Public Service Board has approved the 150-kilowatt development and that construction was to start “immediately.” Steve Costello, Green Mountain’s vice president for generation and energy innovation, said the work was expected …

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Oct 30, 2012 04:18 pm | kate

Resposted from Burlington Free Press. Gov. Peter Shumlin’s blue-ribbon panel begins this week to re-examine the way Vermont makes decisions about commercial-scale renewable energy projects, including mountaintop wind turbines, wood-burning power plants and fields of solar panels. The five-member Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission has the task of reconciling conflicting requests for change from …

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Oct 29, 2012 02:33 pm | kate

Reposted from The Deerfield Valley News. READSBORO- A plan to install 15 new wind turbines on national forest land in Readsboro and Searsburg has been approved by the US Forest Service, the Vermont Public Service Board, and the respective towns involved. But the nearly seven-year-old plan is facing staunch opposition from a formidable Don Quixote, …

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