During a public hearing on Wednesday, a commission reviewing Vermont’s approval process for power projects will likely hear from residents of Windham. Voters there revised their town plan years ago to ban commercial wind development.
State regulators have approved wind testing towers
in southern Vermont, despite opposition from
the host towns. The decision comes during an intensifying debate
over renewable energy projects in Vermont.
State utility regulators
recently gave a boost to a wind energy developer eyeing a project in the Northeast Kingdom. The Public Service Board
refused to dismiss the developer’s application for a wind testing tower. But the project still faces
fierce local opposition. And there are growing calls for a statewide moratorium
on ridgeline wind development.