Articles from Vermont

Lowell GMP, ANR reach deal on bat deaths

GMP will also continue to follow its certificate of public good which requires voluntary curtailment of turbine operation during calm or nearly calm summer evenings when bats are out hunting. The agreement gave GMP a permit allowing a handful of bats to be killed at the wind project each year, with the understanding that more bats would be saved through the mitigation funding than lost at the wind project.
20 Sep 2013

Northeast Kingdom: Wind developer pressed on plans

John Soininen, vice president of development for Eolian, which has pitched the project called Seneca Mountain Wind, said delays in receiving a permit to build the four meteorological test towers from the Vermont Public Service Board have held the company up in getting a proposal to the UTGs.
11 Sep 2013

Plant closures to ruffle New England's energy market

On the same day Entergy announced the Vermont Yankee closure, the Algonquin Citygate basis futures contract for the January 2015 contract rose 50 cents per MMBtu. The Algonquin Citygate is a key delivery point and natural gas trading hub in Boston. Entergy cited lower natural gas prices, a result of a glut in supply, in its decision to shut down its Vermont facility in the fourth quarter of 2014.
6 Sep 2013

NVDA committee explores industrial wind impacts

Proximity to industrial wind turbines is making people ill, and the state's program to increase the use of renewable energy sources is a "sham." That's the message a committee exploring the impacts of industrial wind projects heard ...The committee was formed by Northeastern Vermont Development Association following NVDA's July 2012 recommendation that all industrial wind development be suspended for three years until more is known about its impact on local communities.
6 Sep 2013

State wants GMP to pay for more research on Lowell Wind turbine noise

"The department continues to believe that the identification and correction of noise-related problems is of paramount concern," Commons stated in a brief submitted to the PSB this week. ... The lack of knowledge by GMP about snow impacts, along with Nelson's health concerns, raised the question for the department of whether there were more violations last winter, which prompted the department to seek a stiffer penalty than originally sought, Commons stated.
3 Sep 2013

State wants GMP to do more sound testing at Lowell

Geoff Commons is the department's public advocate. He said the board heard credible testimony from Shirley Nelson, a neighbor of the Lowell project, that the turbine sound was harming her health, even at levels produced below the state standard. ...We do get complaints about turbine noise, more or less regularly. And we think it would be appropriate to just basically get more information on the sounds.
30 Aug 2013

Grid constraints may hamper NEK wind proposal

David Hallquist, the CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, said the Eden Wind turbines would exacerbate the transmission bottleneck. Hallquist said expensive upgrades would be needed to accommodate the 18 megawatts from Eden. "...I can’t imagine any developer spending what could amount to be a hundred million dollars in investment just to put their project on line."
20 Aug 2013

Sheffield family unhappy with Governor's take on wind

Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters For A Clean Environment, on Monday expressed disappointment in the response, saying "the governor's letter to the Therriens is tone deaf to the difference between public policy moving forward and public health issues occurring now." ..."Chris Recchia's study did harm to the Therriens and there are no ongoing discussions with the PSD.
20 Aug 2013

Energy plan criticized, Shumlin defends goals

Guy Page is communications director for the Vermont Energy Partnership, said most Vermonters don't realize the scale of change to the landscape that's required to achieve just a 5 percent increase for in-state renewable sources. More mountain top wind projects - such as those that have stirred controversy in Sheffield and Lowell - would be needed to reach the goal, Page said.
13 Aug 2013

Conn. Company Want To Add Turbines To Lowell Mtn.

David Hallquist, chief executive officer of Vermont Electric Cooperative, said Monday that VEC did a study for BNE two years ago that showed it would be cost-prohibitive to connect to power lines along Route 100. Hallquist did not know if BNE had talked to GMP about connecting to another power line farther south at Stowe, which he said would be even more costly.
13 Aug 2013

Benning: A letter to the governor

After personally hearing you tell citizens from Newark that no town should have to host an industrial wind facility that didn't want it, knowing the Northeast Kingdom already produces far more power than it can use, and knowing the Northeastern Vermont Development Association has asked for a moratorium, I hope you can understand my sadness.
13 Aug 2013

PSB weighs penalty for GMP noise violations at Lowell wind site

Tensions ran high Thursday as the Vermont Public Service Board held a hearing to determine whether Green Mountain Power should be sanctioned for operating the 21-turbine Lowell Mountain wind project at above permitted sound levels. The quasi-judicial board called the hearing after GMP reported the wind project produced noise above 45 decibels outside neighboring residences. This is the threshold that the project is not permitted to exceed.
8 Aug 2013

PSB: Fines for Lowell Wind noise won't cover opponents' costs

Neighbors have complained to the PSB, the department and anti-wind groups about noise. The department is collecting that information. In some cases, GMP is working directly with neighbors to identify the causes of noisy conditions. ...Neighbor Shirley Nelson, who stated she is suffering illnesses caused by wind turbine noise, asked for the maximum penalty of $140,000 and also asked that GMP pay for more monitoring.
7 Aug 2013
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