Senators have removed a
proposed moratorium from legislation regulating large-scale wind projects. But the bill would now
require that wind developments be judged under the full criteria of Act 250. Both sides of the wind debate
are disappointed in the latest version.
Sanders is standing by his decision to speak out against a proposed moratorium on ridgeline wind development. Sanders believes that
immediate and drastic action is needed to combat global climate change.
The town of Windham has been in the news recently for its efforts to defend a provision in its town plan banning commercial wind projects. Despite those efforts, a major energy company recently won permission to build wind test towers in Windham and neighboring Grafton. Officials in Grafton have been silent on the issue, but that may be changing. VPR’s Susan Keese reports.
Activists concerned about ridge line wind development descended on the Statehouse Thursday to make their
case for a three year moratorium on the projects. The moratorium has some
support in the state Senate. But its prospects in the House are much less
Some big wind projects in the region are not performing as planned due to
constraints on the transmission grid. That news came as Vermont lawmakers focused on both climate change and a
moratorium on new wind development.