Articles filed under General from Vermont

Danville school to remove wind turbine, purchase solar

Dave Schilling, Danville Middle and High School principal, said in an email that he was surprised to find the noisy turbine not producing power when he arrived at the school in 2018. ...Schilling told the school board on May 4 that the cost of repairs needed to get an inverter working — between $4,000 and $11,000 — was not worth the small amount of power the unit could produce. In fact, it seems the system only generated a few hundred dollars of power to begin with.
21 May 2021

Holland wind turbine project officially over

Vermont has no major wind projects moving forward after plans for a proposed turbine just south of the Canadian border have officially ended. In an order issued earlier this month, the state Public Utility Commission upheld a request to conclude its review of a wind turbine proposed for a Holland dairy farm. 
26 Mar 2020

Grafton voters again reject industrial wind

On a 95-66 vote during an all-day ballot Monday, residents approved the new town plan, which bans any large wind facility, and includes other planning updates. "We now have a town plan, after the Windham Regional Commission has given its final approval, that tracks the wishes of the voters and is compliant with Vermont laws and energy goals," said Liisa Kissel, a member of the Grafton Planning Commission.
15 Jan 2020

WTF: What's up with the dead wind turbine in South Burlington?

The unit worked well "for about a decade" until it started breaking down; ...Atlantic Orient turbines were prone to gearbox failures. Atlantic Orient spent thousands trying to fix it until the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2002. Dynapower's staff attempted its own repairs, with no success. The turbine has sat dormant ever since.
30 Jan 2019

Holland wind turbine takes a step forward, but path ahead still uncertain

The state Public Utility Commission issued an order this week reversing a May decision to hold off on reviewing site-specific criteria for the project until the body determined how the electricity it generates would impact the already overburdened northern tier of the state’s electrical grid, called the SHEI. The new order means the PUC can now schedule project hearings that had previously been delayed.
26 Oct 2018

Why this dairy farm may be the last stand for wind energy in Vermont

The Dairy Air Wind project, a single 2.2 megawatt turbine to be installed at a dairy farm in the state’s far northeast corner, won a state contract in July 2016 to supply renewable power to the New England power grid. Since then, the landscape for wind development has shifted significantly, with a pro-wind governor retiring and being replaced by a candidate who partly ran on a campaign against large wind turbines.
3 Oct 2018

Exit Blittersdorf

One of Vermont's renewable energy pioneers is giving up on his home state — at least for now. David Blittersdorf, founder of Williston-based AllEarth Renewables, is set to announce Wednesday that he is abandoning the Kidder Hill Community Wind project, a two-turbine installation in Lowell and Irasburg. Furthermore, Blittersdorf said he is not pursuing any more wind or solar projects in Vermont.
28 Feb 2018

Swanton Wind: No money being returned

Swanton Wind’s developers are not getting the project’s $100,000 Public Utility Commission (PUC) filing fee back, nor are participants in the PUC’s review process getting their legal expenditures returned. But if Swanton Wind’s developers file a new application in the future, those participants may again argue they’re eligible for compensation.
6 Jan 2018

Long-awaited Deerfield Wind turbines go online

“This is a sad day for many Vermonters and people who care about wildlife and value the importance of wilderness,” said Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, which mounted a court challenge over impacts on the nearby George D. Aiken Wilderness Area. Smith and other opponents of commercial-size wind projects also protested the Deerfield Wind groundbreaking ceremony in September 2016.
30 Dec 2017

Big wind an out-of-date solution

“When it comes to energy development in Vermont, the industrial wind industry leads the “old way” pack. Wind operators and developers have been living off federal subsidies since the early 1990s and have been wreaking havoc in Vermont for just as long. It’s time to boot them out of the state…”
29 Dec 2017

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