developer of a potential Northeast Kingdom wind project says he’ll respect town residents’
wishes if they don’t want wind towers. But
first he wants to see if there would even be enough wind at the site to make
the project viable.
The State Department of
Public Service has weighed in against a bid to build exploratory weather towers
in Windham. It’s a case that could set new precedent. The towers are a first step
in determining if a site is suitable for wind turbines — a type of development
the Windham town plan specifically rules out.
About 200 people gathered on
the Statehouse lawn on Friday to voice their opposition to large-scale wind
projects. The demonstrators prepared a
symbolic "certificate of public harm" to give to the Vermont Public Service
Board which has issued permits for wind projects in Sheffield, Lowell, Georgia
Castleton’s Planning Commission is
working on changes to ridgeline zoning regulations. The commission says there’s widespread
agreement that commercial development shouldn’t be permitted on at least 20 peaks.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has named
a new commission to consider ways to improve how energy projects are sited and
approved in Vermont. The governor’s executive
order follows increasingly contentious debate over large-scale wind projects.
The future of wind power in the state has become a key
issue in the race for Lt. Governor. Incumbent Republican Phil
Scott supports a two year moratorium on all major wind developments, while Cassandra Gekas, who is
running as both the Democratic and Progressive candidate, thinks it’s a mistake
to impose a moratorium at this time.
State regulators have delivered
strong words of warning to developers of a Georgia Mountain wind project. The company has admitted it
has violated conditions of its state permit. And the Public Service Board is
considering imposing penalties.