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Pilette says Vermont's new energy siting law gives towns a say in where renewable energy projects can be built if the towns have updated town plans. Grafton is working on its town plan, and so Pilette says the board doesn't want to hold a vote until the plan is in place.
A lobbying and communications firm that works with a high-profile wind developer in Vermont has formed a wind energy advocacy group. Alexandra MacLean registered Wind Works VT ...would not say whether Iberdrola was one of the contributors.
Maine’s quest to become a leader in wind power – producing enough megawatts to light up more than a million homes – has gotten pushback from rural residents who say they want a greater voice in proposals that now bypass them and go directly to the state for review.
Brouha and his attorney, Denise Anderson, had contended that it had been proven on the record that the company’s permit conditions were violated already, but the state has decided to order further testing in the matter, in a recent order.
The Therriens abandoned their home in 2014 after living there for two decades because they said the sound and vibrations from the power plant were causing sleepless nights and health problems. When the property recently went up for tax sale, Energize Vermont seized the opportunity to pay off the family’s back taxes and made an agreement to use the property for research purposes.
Windham officials have refused to negotiate with Iberdrola, on the advice of the town’s attorney, Robert Fisher of Brattleboro, according to Seawright. To enter into negotiations would send the message that the town has endorsed the project, he said. He said he expected Iberdrola to make a last-minute proposal directly to Windham residents just before the Nov. 8 vote.
The Public Service Board, which should have the word “public” removed from it, came out with their new temporary standards on industrial wind turbine noise standards. Shocked, I guess I shouldn’t be; angry, you bet I am.
"So this is yet again a political decision not based on good process, not based on good science and is yet another bit of evidence of how the wind industry has corrupted our regulatory process."
Smith said the runoff trouble was predicted by a team of 10 concerned Vermonters, including water quality experts and lawyers ...“At the end of each meeting, the people we met with told us there was massive political pressure (to approve the Lowell project),” she said. “During the meeting they told us we were raising good issues, and that they would look carefully at them and get back to us. Well they never got back to us and then the permits went out.”
Depositions began last week in the case over whether wind developer David Blittersdorf violated state regulations by putting up a wind test tower on his Kidder Hill property without a certificate of public good.
Wind critics noticed the group’s ads in July and disputed the accuracy of its claim that wind power will reduce dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Just 1 percent of the state’s energy mix comes from oil, said Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, which opposes wind projects.
Of course, the backlash against Big Wind in Vermont and elsewhere isn’t the story the American Wind Energy Association and its myriad minions in the left-wing media are pushing. Annette Smith, the executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a small nonprofit group that has been active in the state’s energy-project-siting battles for 17 years, told me “The pro-wind lobby is mad that wind energy has become a high-profile issue,” in the gubernatorial race. “They want to keep this all hidden.”
Some members of the Vermont Legislature are bragging that the energy bill that they passed this past session increases the authority of Vermont’s municipalities in energy siting decisions.
A hearing officer of the Vermont Public Service Board on Monday ordered wind developer David Blittersdorf to prove he didn’t violate a certificate of public good when he put up two small wind mills on his Kidder Hill property in Irasburg.
The standards stipulate that interior sound be measured with windows open in the summer, closed in the winter and partly open during October and April. Opponents of large-scale wind power say allowing measurements with windows closed is a departure that violates lawmakers’ intention.
Just days before the Vermont primary on Aug. 9, controversy is swirling around a statement Dunne made last week that some observers interpreted as a new and stronger endorsement of local control over wind siting. The kerfuffle has cost Dunne the endorsement of author and climate change activist Bill McKibben, and has drawn attacks from his rivals for the Democratic nomination, Sue Minter and Peter Galbraith.
“For me, that includes, solar hydro and wind. What I believe, though, is that we need to do it the Vermont way. We need to make sure that there is community involvement,” he said. “I’ve made it very clear all along ... that I believe that a community should have an affirmative vote before you go forward with a wind project.”
VEC has taken positions in the past in reaction to the pressure for renewable energy projects that had potential to harm members, said CEO Christine Hallquist. In 2011, the board called for a moratorium on renewable projects until the Legislature addressed siting concerns.
Depending on who is elected governor, Vermont may have seen its last wind project. "I'm calling this election a referendum on wind," said Galbraith, who stands apart from his Democratic rivals in seeking to halt all new industrial-scale wind development in the state.
The board was asked to come up with the interim rules after Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a renewable energy siting bill following a special veto session in June.