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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.
“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.
From all parts of the audience, people rise to question Iberdrola’s team on an array of topics: production of concrete and of low-frequency noise etc. [Team Iberdrola's] programmed response to each question is the same. “Our highly technical scientific experts will explain this highly technical scientific matter at a later date.” Or, “The peer-reviewed literature shows wind turbines have no effect on [whatever concern the questioner has raised].”
The Grafton Select Board Monday night made clear that any November vote about the proposed 90-megawatt wind project will be on whether the town should negotiate with Iberdrola Renewables and not about the merits of the project.
As Vermont continues its quest to source 90 percent of energy from renewables by 2050, fresh problems with Europe’s alternative energy sector may spell trouble for wind energy in the Green Mountain State.
The proposal for a single industrial-grade wind turbine on a farm in Holland has some neighbors up in arms. A group calling itself Citizens for Responsible Energy in Holland is meeting to brainstorm about the project called Dairy Air Wind.
Grafton voters went to the polls today and elected John Turner to a Select Board seat left vacant by the resignation of Gus Plummer. But the voting developed an unexpectedly sad tone just before the polls closed this evening as word got out that candidate Don Dougall had been hospitalized this morning and was undergoing surgery, according to board chair Al Sands.
An opponent of the Iberdrola wind project was elected to the Select Board on Tuesday, shifting the power dynamic in this small town that is grappling with a wind development that would be the largest in the state.
Windham Select Board chairman: 'We don't want it'
WINDHAM — A turbine developer is defending the embattled Stiles Brook Wind proposal, saying critics have relied on “many inaccuracies” and “false claims.”
"They're allowing them to buy up the rest of the land after the project is built; that's not OK. This is turning our regulatory process into a joke. Oh well, they got their CPG, so they have a right to move forward. They do not have a right to move forward if they haven't met the board’s conditions," said Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
The most immediate issue for many voters here is wind development. ...At one point, Scott’s Republican challenger, Bruce Lisman, pointed behind him to Kidder Hill, where another wind development has been proposed. “The ridgeline back here may have wind towers unless we find a way to alter it or stop it,” Lisman said. “It shouldn’t be there.”
“From the very outset we have maintained that this is an inappropriate site because what they’ve proposed to build on is at the headwaters of the Saxtons River, and it rises right here in Windham,” Seawright said. Pilette noted the area has seen three devastating floods in the last two decades, and he has concerns about what would “amount to a couple of dozen football fields of concrete at the head of our water system,” he said.
At this point, the back-and-forth does not appear to jeopardize the scheduling of a townwide vote on the project later this year. But Windham Selectboard Chairman Frank Seawright said he’d rather there be no reason for that balloting. “Unless something else happens, we will hold a vote,” Seawright said Wednesday. “I’d hope that (Iberdrola) would decide to abandon the project before then, though.”
WINDHAM — The developer proposing the Stiles Brook Wind Project is reaffirming a commitment to stop work if a majority of voters in Windham and Grafton oppose the initiative in a vote later this year.
Restricted cash flow could put a damper on the company’s ability to continue operating more than 500 renewable energy projects around the world. This includes the 16-turbine, 40-megawatt project in Sheffield Vermont, which has been hampered by mechanical woes that predate the parent company’s financial hardship
With all the foot dragging by state agencies led by appointees beholden to you it is no surprise our complaints have resulted in nothing. You have encouraged the “regulatory capture” of these agencies and the Legislature by the wind and solar energy interests as you pursued your “ends justify any means” renewable energy policy.
Both Irasburg and Holland are in Orleans County, part of the Northeast Kingdom where 37 ridgeline turbines already operate. The regional plan bans more. ...The project will require a certificate of public good approval from the Public Service Board along with other permits.