Shumlin suggested that Vermont, or another state, could “negotiate a preferential price in exchange for hosting that corridor.” “Canada has cheap renewable hydro power that can work as a reliable load (power) when the wind isn’t blowing, and the sun isn’t shining...,” Shumlin said.
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What Hallquist did acknowledge to questioner Pat O'Neill (an active opponent of the wind project) is that if Co-op members vote down the proposal, Green Mountain Power's alternative route would not just cost more; Green Mountain Power would also need a new or amended certificate of public good from the Public Service Board.
"I believe these wind towers are an irresponsible choice fiscally," Rep. Vicki Strong said. "We have to be alert and aware of how we spend our money, and this wind project is not an efficient way to do it." Speakers stood at a small podium with the Lowell Mountain ridge as a backdrop.
"This is a vote about the Lowell wind project -- absolutely," said Holland, an Irasburg resident and co-op member, who is among those urging members to vote against the transmission line. "The public hasn't been able to participate in this effectively."