VEC members OK power line upgrade
[Luke Snelling] said the size of the no vote showed that opposition is growing. Opponents will continue to fight the project, he said. Albany and Craftsbury are challenging the project's certificate of public good in court and they are involved in all the permits still outstanding.
July 27, 2011
by Robin Smith
in Caledonian Record
Vermont Electric Cooperative members voted in favor, by nearly a five-to-one margin, of a proposed transmission line upgrade to carry electricity generated by the Lowell wind project.
The vote announced Tuesday evening was 5,340 in favor of the power line upgrade to 1,379 opposed, according to VEC officials.
Of 34,000 members, nearly 20 percent or 6,719 voted by mail-in ballots they received at the beginning of July. Some opted to cast ballots in person during Tuesday evening's special meeting at VEC's Johnson headquarters. About 100 people attended the Johnson meeting.
VEC and opponents to the Lowell wind project called Kingdom Community Wind lobbied... [continue via Web link]