Energize Vermont launches The Vermont Neighbors Project—VTNeighbors.org

May 30, 2017 No Comments by

The project will tell the stories of Vermont’s wind turbine neighbors

Energize Vermont is launching The Vermont Neighbors Project to describe life near Vermont’s wind electricity plants.

The project’s website, VTNeighbors.org, features videos of Vermonters describing how being placed in the shadow of wind turbines has affected them and their children. New videos will be added in the upcoming weeks and months that will:

  • show the range of problems that wind projects have created for neighbors,
  • shine a spotlight on the treatment of Vermonters by the multi-billion dollar wind industry, and
  • describe state government’s response to the problems reported by turbine neighbors.

 

In 2017 Vermont’s Public Service Board developed new rules for turbine siting and operation in order to reduce the damage done to neighbors by new wind projects. The wind industry is mischaracterizing the PSB’s new rules as being inconsistent with legislative intent, being too strict, and constituting a “functional ban” on wind energy in Vermont. These claims are untrue:

  • The Legislature ordered the drafting of new rules with the clear intent of improving protections for Vermonters.
  • Denmark and Germany have stricter noise standards and they have more successful wind programs than Vermont.
  • The rules encourage genuine community-based projects by allowing developers and neighbors to cooperate and agree to different project setbacks and noise limits.

Visit The Vermont Neighbors Project Now

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