This Week: Wind Noise, Solar Explosion, RECs, Total Energy & More…

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This past week the Department of Public Service released an overview of the results of their independent noise monitoring of the Sheffield wind project. The report was conducted over 3 days at a cost of $19,000. In the end, a memo from the firm conducting the study found that significantly more testing would be required to draw conclusions. VTDigger carried the storyVermonters for a Clean Environment submitted comments on the study, pointing out that First Wind was alerted to the presence of the monitoring, and that it appears the turbine operations were reduced during the monitoring period.

The solar explosion in Vermont continued these past few weeks. GMP announced customers can now start signing up for their centralized solar option. The Brattleboro Reformer reported on a 2.4MWh project off of I-91 in Brattleboro. VPR offered a blog post reviewing the many towns throughout the state that are examining solar power as a cost effective solution to their municipal electricity needs. News broke a Colorado firm would be building a 2.2MWh project in St. Albans. The College of St. Joseph said they’d work with GMP to build a 75kWh project on their gymnasium roof. Our own Power Up Program (PUP) has over 150 Vermonters interested in going solar at their homes or businesses. If you haven’t already done so, check out the program

Also this past week, Jon Margolis wrote a piece acknowledging a new law in Connecticut that would limit the market for renewable energy credits produced in Vermont. Currently, Vermont based renewable energy projects can sell the credits they recieve from producing renewable energy while still taking credit for the generation in our state’s SPEED goals. This in effect is double counting the renewable benefit, invalidating the benefit for Vermonters but also reducing the rate impact for Vermont. It looks like the days of this type of double counting are limited.

The Department of Public Service (DPS) is conducting a “Total Energy Study” to identify “the most promising policy and technology pathways to employ in order to reach Vermont’s energy and greenhouse gas

goals.” As part of the process they asked the Regulatory Assistance Project to produce an overview of the available technologies and policy options. Currently DPS is looking for feedback on that report and is taking public comment between now and July 22nd. There is a lot to comment on in this report for those of you concerned about industrial scale renewables in Vermont.  Please check it out and participate.

We’re planning our annual meeting. I want to find out two things from you: 1) Would you be interested in coming? If so, let me know by replying to this email. 2) When would you be available to come? Click this link and let me know which of the indicated days would work best for you.

In just two weeks we’ll be at SolarFest. If you haven’t been to this celebration of alternative energy sources you should check it out. This year’s SolarFest is on July 12, 13, and 14. We’ll be right inside the front door of the indoor arena – I look forward to talking with you there. If you are interested in volunteering at our booth let me know.

Have a great weekend and be well,

Lukas B. Snelling


VT Digger: $19,000 Sheffield wind study inconclusive

Jun 28, 2013 01:11 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from the VT Digger. June 27, 2013. It’s unclear whether findings from a $19,000 state study on noise levels for the Vermont Wind Project in Sheffield indicate if the 16 turbines have exceeded state decibel thresholds. Chris Recchia, commissioner for the Vermont Public Service Department, said that while the noise testing may help his …

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Jun 28, 2013 01:05 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from the Rutland Herald. June 28, 2013. Green Mountain Power customers who would like to “go green” — and possibly save some money — can enroll now in a proposed solar project. GMP has partnered with NRG Residential Solar Solutions, which is part of NRG Energy, the largest solar developer in the U.S., to …

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Jun 27, 2013 10:15 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer. June 27, 2013. BRATTLEBORO — The Selectboard is pretty sure there is widespread support for solar power in Brattleboro, in general. Over the past few years homeowners, businesses and schools across Brattleboro have all decided to make an investment in solar power. The town has even committed itself to seeking …

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Jun 25, 2013 10:13 am | Kenny Soto

Reposted from VPR. June 21, 2013. A growing number of Vermont towns are taking a look at powering municipal buildings via solar arrays. This month the town of Thetford sent out a Request For Information to companies that could help the town construct a “community/municipal solar farm.” In Worcester, the select board met with a …

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Jun 22, 2013 01:58 pm | Kenny Soto

Reposted from the Brattleboro Reformer. June 20, 2013. WINDHAM — An international wind-power developer won’t decide this year whether a ridgeline in Windham and Grafton is suitable for commercial turbines. A representative of Iberdrola Renewables, which has erected testing towers in the two towns, said it will be 2014 — at the earliest — before …

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