VPR: Eden Gauges Residents’ Opinion On Wind Towers

Oct 08, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from VPR. By Amy Kolb Noyes. October 8, 2013.

Taxpayers in Eden are getting a little something extra along with their property tax bills this month. The tax bill envelopes also include a two-page wind tower survey. The survey asks taxpayers to weigh in on wind power in Vermont, the nearby Kingdom Community Wind project, and a proposal to expand wind development on the  ridgeline with six new towers in Eden.

Before Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind project was built on Lowell Mountain, taxpayers in the host town of Lowell voted in favor of the project at Town Meeting. However, state law does not currently require community-wide votes when a wind project is considered by the Vermont Public Service Board, and officials in Eden aren’t sure if they’ll get that chance. So the survey, which is also posted on the town website, is intended to inform town officials on taxpayers’ sentiment.

The six towers in Eden are being proposed by a Connecticut company called BNE Energy. The proposal is for an area in Eden called the Bigelow Basin Forest, along the same ridgeline as the existing 21 turbines in Lowell. If built, the power from the Wind Eden project would be sold to power customers in Connecticut, not Vermont.

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