Iberdrola Lobbyists Revive “Wind Works VT”

Jul 26, 2016 No Comments by

The lobbyists that represent Spanish energy giant Iberdrola in Vermont have revived a pro-wind group called Wind Works VT (website: windworksvt.com).

The lobbyists are concerned that “a small but vocal group of opponents, using fear tactics and misinformation, have dominated the public discourse about wind in recent years.” Wind Works VT invites Vermonters to “get involved and help present a more balanced conversation on the benefits of wind power.”

Characterizing themselves as “a coalition of individuals and businesses committed to supporting wind power in Vermont,” the lobbyists declare that “a majority of Vermonters support clean energy and we are working to ensure their voices are heard.”

The lobbyists note that the future of our planet is at stake and suggest that industrial wind turbines (like the ones Iberdrola wants to erect in Searsburg, Readsboro, Windham, and Grafton) offer salvation on a global scale.

The telephone number displayed on the website is that of Alex MacLean who works for the lobbying firm KSE Partners. Prior to joining KSE, Ms. MacLean, worked at her own public relations firm where she “managed crisis communications.” Before that she worked as an aide to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and assistant to Jay Peak’s Bill Stenger.

We note with interest that Ms. MacLean’s website bio includes no reference to her time at Jay Peak with Bill Stenger.

The name “WindWorksVT” has a familiar ring; it has been used at least twice before—once as the name of a WordPress blog and once as windworksvt.org. The domain name windworksvt.com was registered July 8, 2016.

We, at Energize Vermont, would like to be the first to welcome Wind Works VT back onto the public scene. We look forward to working with them to eliminate misinformation and fear tactics from the discussion about wind.

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