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State regulators remain deaf to wind-energy concerns

It is clear that the PSB ignores witnesses whose testimony identifies negative impacts from wind developments. The regulator has been captured by the regulated. We need a new or different public process (perhaps Act 250) for renewable energy projects, especially utility-scale wind turbines. The common refrain we hear from interveners after each PSB decision is, "It was as though we weren't even there."
2 Nov 2011

Lowell wind protesters line Route 100

Protesters, some calling themselves the Occupy Lowell Mountaineers, came from towns throughout the region to express their anger and disappointment, some signs were addressed to GMP and some to politicians. ...A security officer assisted a protester who was in a wheel chair, allowing her vehicle to park at the staging area and assisting her across the road to the protest line.
27 Oct 2011

Dueling restraining orders over Lowell Mountain project heard in court

"This is not a nuisance case, this is a trespass case," said attorney Anthony Roisman, summing up the Nelsons' case on Tuesday afternoon. "Does Green Mountain Power have a permit to use any portion of the Nelsons' land as a safety zone for their blasting?" he asked rhetorically. "If they have no right to do so," Roisman continued, "they have no ability to interfere with the Nelsons' use of their property."
27 Oct 2011

Protesters cause delays for Lowell wind project

"It's going to destroy one of the most beautiful and pristine ridge lines in Vermont for a very, very small amount of power in return," says Ben Luce, a wind power protestor. But Wright says this is more than a protest. He and others want to fight GMP on the mountain and in the courts.
27 Oct 2011

U.S. installs over 1,200 MW of wind power in Q3

The U.S. wind industry installed just over 1,200 megawatts (MW) of wind power in the third quarter, and about 3,360 MW on the year so far, the wind industry trade group said Tuesday. ...uncertainty over government policies has many leading wind developers holding off on scheduling projects for 2013, AWEA said.
26 Oct 2011

Battle for Lowell Mountain

The Nelsons aren't done fighting back. They've hired the Norwich law firm Hershenson, Carter, Scott and McGee to fight Green Mountain Power in court, including a contention that part of the land where Green Mountain Power plans to blast is actually owned by the Nelsons. "This is going to be settled in court," Nelson said.
23 Oct 2011

Closed court means no restraining order

Martin said he learned about the judge's order like everyone else in the area -- by reading and listening to news reports. But that isn't enough to give them any authority to go up on the Lowell ridgeline and arrest anyone, he said.
22 Oct 2011

Blown Away

The economic case for wind power is fatally shaky. Too expensive and so unreliable that it requires a duplicate plant for backup. So wind advocates point out that it is hydrocarbon-free. But if you grant the arguments for global warming, these two projects are too small to make a difference and, worse, a serious misallocation of scarce resources.
18 Oct 2011

Nelsons get purchase offer; lawsuit threat

It was a letter from GMP's attorney threatening to sue the Nelsons if they persist in letting "guests" occupy a campsite too close to the top of the project site to permit blasting. The damages GMP would attempt to recover could easily exceed $1-million, the letter said ..."I can take one and a quarter million and run, or be fined a million bucks," Mr. Nelson said Tuesday. “That’s a good way to handle a Vermont farmer on his retirement.”
12 Oct 2011

Renewable energy policy is an expensive illusion

The development of wind power along Vermont's ridgelines has divided Vermonters in a way development issues do not normally split environmentalists. Is Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind Project planned for Lowell Mountain really a needed investment in our local quest to confront climate change or will it unnecessarily despoil what is at the heart of what Vermonters cherish -- our scenic ridgelines?
12 Oct 2011

Hammond resolution opposes state Article X law

The board voted 3-2 to in favor of the resolution prepared by the Coalition Against Article X. Article X, also known as the Power NY Act, establishes a one-year permitting process for building power plants. Each project would be considered by a seven-member board consisting of five state department heads and two locally appointed community representatives.
12 Oct 2011

A False Choice

In a cynical manipulation of the well-meaning public, which is desperate for progress with renewable energy, gov. Peter Shumlin and GMP are justifying the destruction of the Lowell Mountains as "green" and "local." Shumlin argues that he is diversifying Vermont's energy portfolio, and that this mountain range must be sacrificed because Vermont Yankee is closing. He is giving Vermonters a false choice.
10 Oct 2011
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