Monthly Archives: February 2011

A Guide to Commenting on the US Forest Service SDEIS for Deerfield Wind

The public comment period on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for a Special Use permit from the U.S. Forest Service for Iberdrola‘s 34 MW 2.0 MW Gamesa 400 foot tall wind turbine proposal for US Forest Service Green Mountain … Continue reading

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The Almost Final Day of the PSB’s Technical Hearing on the Lowell Mountains Wind Project

Thursday, Feb. 24 was the almost* final day of technical hearings before the Vermont Public Service Board on the Lowell wind case.  The Board changed the schedule and heard testimony from all the witnesses scheduled for both Thursday and Friday. … Continue reading

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Governor Shumlin’s Natural Resources Agreement with Green Mountain Power for the Lowell Mountains

Green Mountain Power’s deal with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources for the Lowell Mountains was released this evening.  The map below (with no color key) shows Parcels with numbers that are referred to in the text of the agreement.  Below … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t Vermont Protecting Sheffield’s High Elevation Streams?

In February 2004, there was a public hearing on wind energy development in Rutland.  I prepared my presentation but never got there, waylaid in Montpelier by meetings. My presentation was in support of wind energy and I intended to point … Continue reading

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Vermont’s Public Service Board Process

This week, you have the opportunity to go see Vermont’s Public Service Board process in action as they hear testimony from expert witnesses on noise, health, ecological and energy issues.  The hearings are held on the 3rd floor of the … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Policy

The last week has been a roller coaster ride under Governor Shumlin’s leadership on energy. Just a week ago Friday, he and Mary Powell of Green Mountain Power announced they were going to present a “united front” to the Public … Continue reading

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What is an appropriate setback from property lines for a big wind turbine?

And what has Vermont’s Public Service Board decided is an appropriate setback from property lines for big wind turbines on ridgelines? After hearing testimony two weeks ago on a proposal to establish a moratorium on wind turbine applications until regulations … Continue reading

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