Vt. power companies explore possible wind farm

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Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative are exploring the potential of building a wind power facility on Lowell Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom.

Organizers say the project called Kingdom Community Wind could include 12 to 17 wind turbines, generating 30 to 42 megawatts of electricity or enough to power 15,000 Vermont households.

The ridge line is owned by Trip Wileman of Lowell, who is proposing the project.

The utilities have been talking with Wileman about investing in the project, estimated to cost between $80-125 million.

Wileman was one of several landowners involved in discussions with out-of-state companies to building a wind farm on Lowell Mountain. Now he says he wants to work with Vermont power companies to develop a wind farm on his property.

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