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Wind-energy panel examines other states' procedures

The five commission members, whose report is due in April, are trying to keep their sessions inclusive of all forms of energy generation and focused on the Public Service Board process. But at the commission's first two meetings, the audience has been dominated by supporters and opponents of wind energy development.
15 Nov 2012

Alternative To Wind: VEC eyes geothermal energy

Hallquist said it just makes sense to focus on the real causes of Vermont's carbon production -- oil and gasoline -- than burn so much political energy battling over wind and solar energy. Both are much higher in cost than the market rates for electricity today, and both carry a high cost in dividing communities that would otherwise be supportive of a less-intrusive energy source like geothermal, Hallquist said.
14 Nov 2012

Grafton group planning petition

The majority of Windham residents are adamantly against the proposal but Grafton has been neutral on the issue for some time. ...Kissel told the Reformer the Friends of Grafton's Heritage are opposed to the idea for several reasons.
14 Nov 2012

Wind turbine noise cause real health problems

There are thousands of wind opposition groups all over the world. The story is the same everywhere. The audible noise and inaudible low frequency and infrasound are driving people from their homes. People do not abandon their homes for no reason. Noise from these big machines can extend three to six miles in mountainous terrain, with residents within 2 miles most at risk.
9 Nov 2012

Wind noise comes as a big surprise

"I thought at first they were testing the F-35 fighter, roaring right over the mountain," said Mr. Potter, who estimates that he lives between a mile and a half and two miles from the turbines. "It sounded like a jet airplane over there," said Frank Coulter, a town selectman who lives three miles east of the turbines on the Center Hill Road. A half mile further east in Albany Center, David Lawrence said: "It was like a jet plane all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
7 Nov 2012

Deerfield wind project would be ‘monstrous’

The principal problem with the Iberdrola proposal is that it involves not one but 15 structures, each of which is far higher than the Bennington Battle Monument: 389 feet high to the tip of the blade. These would be not on a promontory but on top of a prominent ridgeline and would be seen for many miles and lighted at night for aviation safety.
4 Nov 2012

Newark: NVDA approves amended town plan

The developer is challenging the applicability of the amended Newark Town Plan as the PSB reviews the MET tower application for the one station planned for Newark. An attorney for the Vermont Department of Public Service has told the PSB that the amended Newark Town Plan should be relied on in the decision, since the developer had not properly notified all abutters and there was a stay on the CPG application.
1 Nov 2012

Shumlin should curb arrogance

This week, when confronting criticisms about industrial wind's assault of Vermont's mountains, he lashed out at critics, calling them "the committee against virtually everything." Vermont needs an urgent and informed debate for dealing with climate change. Yet it is hard to have such a discussion when Vermonters who adopt views contrary to the governor's are dismissed with an imperial wave of the hand.
1 Nov 2012

Siting commission draws wind critics to first meeting

While the commission was asked to include all kinds of energy generation projects in its review, it is wind turbines that have caused the most widespread controversy in Vermont. Although three commercial projects have been built, and a third is under construction, there has been rising opposition in towns where new projects have been proposed.
1 Nov 2012

Windmill plans tied up

Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE), along with the Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife, are trying to block the plan. VCE recently filed a motion for summary judgment in US District Court, claiming the project planning did not correctly carry out evaluation processes required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
25 Oct 2012

Lowell Wind: Supreme Court strikes down appeals

This is not the end of the hearing process. The PSB is still considering appeals over the stormwater runoff plans and water quality plans. The opponents said they will appeal. Green Mountain Power wants to have all of its 459-foot-tall turbines on the ridgeline operating by year's end to secure $44 million in federal production tax credits.
20 Oct 2012

State defends Newark in wind energy case

Newark residents voted 169-59 last month to amend their town plan to oppose "industrial scale generation and transmission facilities" in the community. The amendments also barred commercial structures taller than 125 feet, which would rule out Eolian's wind-measuring tower.
19 Oct 2012

Sheffield family's concerns over wind project noise see independent monitoring installed

Luann and Steve Therrien have been complaining since the spring about how noise from the turbines is impacting their family's sleep and more. ..."At Baily's [Luann's daughter] last doctor's visit, I voiced my concerns and she advised me move," she said. ...And Seager's [their toddler son] behavior is not good when the towers are loud." Special thanks to the Cal-Rec for permitting us to post this article in full.
19 Oct 2012

Don't buy false promise of wind

If Shumlin is indeed seeking the best interests for our state and not pandering to paid-for-political power, he can and should reflect upon industrial wind under the circumspection of the economic, ecological, and social damage caused by the broken promises from Yankee. There is a better, more thoughtful choice. A choice that begins with an immediate moratorium on industrial wind.
17 Oct 2012
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