Voters oppose wind generator expansion

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Voters in the Searsburg, the town that currently hosts the only commercial wind generating farm in the state, don’t want the project to expand.

They voted 19-7 against the project.
The vote is not binding, but will be reported to the Public Service Board as it considers whether to grant a permit for the 15-24 additional wind turbines.

The wind towers, which would be 410 feet tall, would be built on 80 acres of the Green Mountain National Forest in Searsburg and Readsboro.

They would generate 45 megawatts of electricity. The original farm has eleven turbines, which can generate 6 megawatts of electricity.

Readsboro voters endorsed the new project by a 191-31 vote last year.

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