Articles filed under General from Vermont
On Monday evening, the Holland Select Board stated that the board will site safety, health issues, aesthetics and property values when challenging the “met” tower application. Others are concerned about ice throw from the blades of the wind turbine, which would be located not far from School Road.
Increasingly, local concerns on wind have threatened to slow the advance of wind power. Solar developments also provoke local opposition from time to time, but the danger posed to pristine environments by solar projects has not been as acute as the danger from wind projects. Sensing that the wind was blowing against them, Iberdrola has decided to pay off the voters. That is an astonishing corruption of the democratic process.
For many residents, the increased financial benefits don’t outweigh their original concerns. Residents have long been concerned with potential noise, visibility, flood and water contamination caused by the critical placement of towers on the primary runoff path to the valley’s watershed.
The company says it will reveal changes to the plan in Grafton at a special meeting Wednesday. Full-time Windham residents will vote on the project on Election Day.
“Everybody knows that we’re against this project,” said selectboard member Dan Billado during the board’s Tuesday meeting. “I think we as a board should continue to let the public know that we’re against this.”
Iberdrola will disclose revisions at public meetings in Windham and Grafton
LAKESIDE SOLAR: Residents of Morgan, Vermont, are pushing back against a 500-megawatt solar array to be built along Seymour Lake. While a handful of communities are busy fighting industrial wind-turbine projects, the town of Morgan is doing battle with the Public Service Board over a five-acre field of solar panels.
Neighbor Complains That Turbine On Kidder Hill Is Not Sited Correctly IRASBURG — Renewable energy developer David Blittersdorf swears that he did everything right when he applied for permission to put up two small wind turbines on Kidder Hill, contrary to what his neighbor says.
The select board voted Wednesday to oppose a tower to measure wind speeds for an industrial wind turbine planned on Dairy Air Farm. The board is expected to seek to become an intervenor in the state review process of the meteorological or “met” tower.
In a surprising change, the Grafton Select Board now believes it may be able to hold a formal, binding vote of registered voters on the proposed Iberdrola wind project to coincide with the presidential election — Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Spanish wind company is proposing to construct 28, 500-foot wind turbines on land in Windham and Grafton in what would be the largest industrial wind farm in Vermont.
Vermont’s Public Service Board is clearly a captured agency. Our soon-to-be-former Governor Shumlin is the “capturer-in-chief”. He is using his office to push for out-of-scale, unwanted and destructive siting of industrial wind turbines regardless of the environmental damage they cause.
SEARSBURG — Activists opposing industrial wind turbines from all over Vermont greeted Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday, some with rude signs and gestures, as Avangrid Renewables held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its 20-megawatt Deerfield Wind project.
After an Iberdrola representative questioned the integrity of a Nov. 8 vote regarding a proposed 28-turbine wind farm in Windham and Grafton, second-home owners in Windham have decided to delay the results of their opinion poll until after Election Day.
Wind turbines in Vermont may emit noise no louder than 45 decibels, as measured outside neighboring homes, or 30 decibels measured inside neighboring homes. The Swanton Wind project will for many Fairfield Pond homes produce 30 or fewer decibels as measured outside those homes, Iarrapino said.
Town officials say they may not meet a developer-imposed deadline to vote on the controversial Stiles Brook Wind Project proposal.
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.
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.
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.