This Week: Solar 101, Wind Tours, Siting Meeting, Opinions & More…

Jun 14, 2013 No Comments by

We had a great turnout in Pittsford for our first “Your Solar Options” presentation. The hour long discussion reviewed the fundamentals of going solar for homeowners and offered folks an opportunity to be involved in our Power Up Program. If you missed it or want to learn more you can watch the video from the meeting or download the presentation. We are in the process of scheduling future dates and I’ll let you know once we have them.

GMP announced this week they would be offering public tours of the Lowell wind project a number of times this summer. The Lowell Mountain Occupiers are also offering tours this summer, including one this Sunday. The tours likely come with different perspectives. I highly recommend you pick one and go tour the project. In my experience you’ll be struck by the utter scale of the project. If you go, think about what it took to build that site and what was there before.

The Towns of Albany and Craftsbury asked the Public Service Board this week to require additional noise testing for the Lowell wind project. The towns are concerned that the project has exceeded their noise requirements more than once and that those requirements are not protective of human health.

This week saw the first required meeting of the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate and House energy committees to tackle sitting issues. The group used the meeting to prepare for upcoming meetings of the full committees as required by S. 30.You can read coverage of the meeting. We’ll keep you updated as the team of legislators outline the schedule and public engagement opportunities. These meetings and the future meetings were created to help digest the Siting Commission’s recommendations into actionable legislation to be evaluated next session.

The Rutland Herald reported that the town of Bennington and Encore Redevelopment are looking for new locations for a proposed solar development in the community. There were concerns over interconnection costs for the original proposed location at the former landfill.

VTDigger ran a great article looking at the few utilities in the state that have reached their legislated net-metering cap. This is a problem we’ve encountered with our Power Up Program. It is somewhat limiting the opportunities for those in certain areas to participate. We are hopeful that next year the cap can be increased or a different metric can be determined that would still encourage net-metering.

Lastly this week we conclude with an opinion from Steve and Luann Therrien about how Gov. Shumlin has supported sacrificing their home with his support of renewable energy without appropriate siting standards.

Have a great weekend – and consider going on the Mountain Occupiers hike on Sunday.

Lukas B. Snelling

News Times: Familiar differences on energy emerge in Vt. panel

Jun 14, 2013 11:07 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from the News Times. June 13, 2013 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The first meeting of a special legislative committee on Vermont’s energy future Thursday featured a continuation of differences between the House and Senate during the 2013 legislative session. The four-member panel is one of two committees that will look at energy issues between …

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Jun 14, 2013 10:45 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from The Rutland Herald. June 14, 2013. BENNINGTON — Town officials are continuing to work with a Burlington company to bring a solar farm to municipal land but the potential location has moved from the former landfill to a six-acre parcel on the east end of town. Dan Monks, Bennington’s planning director and zoning …

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Jun 13, 2013 01:23 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from WCAX. June 13, 2013. ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) – Some towns near the Lowell Mountain wind project are asking for more testing to make sure that noise levels inside homes are not higher than allowed. Most tests done in December and January showed that the noise produced by the turbines was within levels …

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Jun 13, 2013 12:10 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from VT Digger. The success of a subsidy for small renewable energy projects is proving costly for some Vermont utilities. Two of the state’s smallest electric utilities have surpassed a threshold that no longer compels them to subsidize power generated by renewable energy systems. While the Washington Electric Cooperative is still subsidizing what are …

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Jun 13, 2013 11:56 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from VT Digger. NEWS RELEASE — Green Mountain Power June 12, 2013 Lowell, VT – Green Mountain Power has announced the availability of public tours of the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, Vermont during July and August. “This is an opportunity to see and hear an operating wind farm, and learn how GMP …

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Jun 11, 2013 10:59 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from The Times Argus. June 10, 2013. The Waterbury company that helped plan and finance Rutland’s solar farm has several other projects lined up including one at Green Mountain College. The project at GMC is part of a plan by Green Lantern Capital to expand financing for community-scale solar projects, including towns, schools, small …

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Jun 11, 2013 10:44 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted From The Rutland Herald. June 8, 2013. The Therrien family of Sheffield would like to extend our sympathies to the Dodge family. Shumlin is good at sacrificing people — he sacrificed ours and other families when he green-lighted industrial wind turbines in Vermont. To hear him say he was acting as a good neighbor …

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