GMC Drops Appeal Of Wind Project

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The Green Mountain Club has withdrawn an appeal of the Deerfield Wind project.

The Bennington Banner says the appeal was dropped after the U.S. Forest Service agreed to require radar-activated lights on the project’s wind turbines.

Deerfield Wind is a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, and wants to build 15 wind turbines nearly 400 feet high and a half-mile apart on ridgelines on Forest Service land west of Route 8 in Readsboro, and east of Route 8 in Searsburg. The turbines would produce 30 megawatts of power.

The Green Mountain Club worked with the Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to mandate radar-activated lighting that will only trigger lights when aircraft approach.

The club has not taken an official position on the wind project itself.

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