Gov. Shumlin endorses controversial Lowell Mountain wind project
Shumlin, a Democrat, insisted the change had nothing to do with the fact that the utility, Green Mountain Power Corp., has close ties with the administration -- its CEO, Mary Powell chaired his inaugural committee. ...Others, though, criticized Shumlin's announcement. "All the signs are of political interference with the ANR staff, contrary to what we were told was the case. We are very disappointed,"
February 12, 2011
by Dave Gram
in Burlington Free Press
MONTPELIER -- Gov. Peter Shumlin on Friday endorsed a large-scale wind-power project planned for northern Vermont's Lowell Mountain, saying the state had agreed on land swaps and bear corridors with the utility developing the project.
The announcement means the state's Agency of Natural Resources will join with its second-largest power company to defend the Kingdom Community Wind project before the Public Service Board, which is weighing whether to grant it a license. The board has held more than a week of hearings, which are set to resume later this month.
The move marked a 180-degree change in policy from the previous administration... [continue via Web link]