Vermont Electric Co-op To Vote On Lowell Line

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The Vermont Electric Cooperative says it will vote in July on a transmission line upgrade needed for the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell, even though the project doesn’t have its final state approval yet.

Dave Hallquist is CEO of the co-op, and told about 200 people at the co-op’s annual meeting Saturday in Derby that VEC leaders will hold meetings across northern Vermont in the coming weeks to discuss the project, in advance of the vote by Co-op members.

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Co-Op are waiting for state Public Service Board approval for the $150 million project, which would put up 20 or 21 towers 400 feet tall along 3 miles of ridgeline.

The Caledonian-Record reports that the transmission line upgrades, from Lowell to Jay, will cost nearly $11 million.

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