This Week: Wind Moratorium Introduced, Windham MET Towers, Action Opportunities & More…

Jan 05, 2013 No Comments by

On Thursday Senators Benning and Hartwell introduced legislation at a press conference that would place a moratorium on further utility-scale wind development in Vermont. At the press conference the lawmakers did a wonderful job explaining that this wasn’t an anti-renewables effort, but rather an attempt to ensure we are making the best decisions on which technology to use in Vermont and how to ensure it is applied appropriately. If you didn’t make it on Thursday, watch the video of the press conference below for more details. You can also review the bill.
Moratorium Video

For folks that would like to express their support for the moratorium there are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Talk to Your Legislators – Our elected officials need to hear where you stand on this issue. Please contact them and let them know.You can find their contact information here.
  2. Tell Your Friends – Many people, especially those yet to be impacted by utility-scale wind, haven’t heard about the issues associated with this technology. You can help spread the word by forwarding this message to a friend.
  3. Write a Letter – One of the best ways to spread the word is by writing a letter to your local papers.Please write a letter to the editor and use this list to submit it to the state’s papers. 

Thanks for your support on the moratorium! The moratorium wasn’t the only wind related news this week. The PSB approved Iberdrola’s application for MET towersin Windham and Grafton even though Windham’s town plan doesn’t support utility-scale wind projects. Also,VEC’s Board of Directors voted to encourage lawmakers to put a moratorium on renewable energy mandates, in part due to the division utility-scale wind has created in areas served by the utility. Lastly, you should know the next meeting of the Governor’s Siting Commission is taking place on Friday January 11th at 9AM at the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. Additionally the commission will be doing site visits and public meetings over the coming weeks. There are opportunities to participate in these events, and more details can be found on  the Commission’s website.

With the exception of wind, there hasn’t been too much renewable energy news over the last two weeks (likely due to the holidays). When you see renewable energy news, don’t forget to send it to me atluke@energizevermont.org so I can include it here. There was a lot of coverage of the events mentioned above and those articles are included below for your review.

Thank you to everyone that donated to our “Hire a Lobbyist” fundraising campaign. I wanted to let you know we met our goal, and have hired representation for the State House. We are very excited that the people concerned with Vermont’s energy future will be represented in Montpelier this session.

Thanks for your support,


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

 

Jan 04, 2013 12:43 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. MONTPELIER — Two Vermont state senators called Thursday for legislation that would impose a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind power projects in the state and for a more thorough environmental review of energy projects. Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, said review by the Public Service Board, the three-member panel that considers proposed …

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Jan 04, 2013 12:36 pm | kate

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer. BRATTLEBORO — A proposed moratorium on commercial wind-power development in Vermont is spurring cheers from anti-turbine activists and howls of protest from multiple environmental groups. The possible ban has local importance: As two state senators announced their plans Thursday at a Montpelier press conference, Grafton resident Liisa Kissel was among those …

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Jan 04, 2013 12:30 pm | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. There weren’t enough corners in the Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse for all the people who wanted to be at a news conference about a wind moratorium but who wanted to pretend they weren’t really there. That tells you how many people are worried about a wind moratorium gaining …

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Jan 04, 2013 12:24 pm | kate

Reposted from Associated Press. MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two Vermont state senators called Thursday for legislation that would impose a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind power projects in the state and for a more thorough environmental review of energy projects. Sen. Robert Hartwell, D-Bennington, said review by the Public Service Board, the three-member panel that considers proposed utility …

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Jan 04, 2013 12:19 pm | kate

Reposted from VT Digger. This story was updated at 11:52 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2013 to reflect Gov. Peter Shumlin’s clarification of his stance on a wind moratorium. As the 2013 legislative session rolls into view, a passionate battle over energy permitting and a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind development is kicking into high gear. …

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Jan 03, 2013 12:18 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. Wind power has been called a contentious issue among residents around the county. Hubbardton held a townwide vote in which residents rejected Reunion Power’s wind project 94-6. That’s not contentious. That’s more like unanimous. My little town voted down the monstrous, useless project proposed on Herrick, three to one. In towns …

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Jan 03, 2013 10:12 am | kate

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer. GRAFTON – The town’s selectboard has opted to postpone a public informational meeting scheduled for later this month on a proposed wind test tower. The meeting – which will now be held at 1 p.m. at Grafton Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 2 – is aimed at providing a fair and …

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Jan 03, 2013 10:06 am | kate

Reposted from The Caledonian Record. NEWARK — Someone pretending to be one of the Seneca Mountain Wind developers sent a note on fake SMW letterhead and $46 in cash to a legal fund set up for the town to defend itself against the company’s hoped-for wind project. Seneca Mountain Wind, LLC, is seeking a Certificate …

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Jan 01, 2013 05:23 pm | kate

Reposted from Times Argus. MONTPELIER — Opponents of ridgeline wind development will introduce a bill in the Senate next month that seeks a temporary ban on the installation of turbines on Vermont’s mountaintops. A similar legislative maneuver during the last session never gained traction. But lawmakers pushing the three-year moratorium say positions have since evolved. …

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Jan 01, 2013 05:14 pm | kate

Reposted from Brattleboro Reformer. WINDHAM — When the state Department of Public Service backed the Town of Windham’s fight against wind power a few months ago, town officials said they were “hopeful.” They’re now using a different word: “Discouraged.” However, in the wake of the state Public Service Board granting approval for erection of wind-testing …

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Jan 01, 2013 05:06 pm | kate

Reposted from VPR News. Listen here. State regulators have approved wind testing towers in southern Vermont, despite opposition from the host towns. The decision comes during an intensifying debate over renewable energy projects in Vermont. A utility in northern Vermont wants a two-year moratorium on any new renewable mandates. Iberdrola Renewables is one of the …

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Jan 01, 2013 04:54 pm | kate

Reposted from Times Argus. Beyond the complex technical issues and jargon, the wind debate is filled with emotion, politics, and financial issues that make it very difficult to have an informed dialog and make rational decisions. Confucius said, “Any man can make long journey, takes smart man to know which direction.” Agreeing on reasonable and …

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Jan 01, 2013 04:21 pm | kate

Reposted from VT Digger. The Vermont Electric Co-op board of directors is calling for a two-year moratorium on new renewable energy mandates from the state. Seven co-op directors passed a resolution on Thursday demanding that the Vermont Legislature put any new legislation on hold that might require utilities to meet new renewable energy targets. In …

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Jan 01, 2013 04:04 pm | kate

Reposted from The Caledonian Record. JOHNSON — The board of directors of the state’s second largest utility wants a moratorium on renewable power supply mandates. Vermont Electric Cooperative’s board voted eight to one Thursday with one abstention in support of a resolution calling for a two-year moratorium that reflects the opposition and concern about wind …

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