The Public Service Board has offered to ditch a requirement that turbines be a certain distance from homes. The board suggested it would defer to concerns raised by lawmakers and others.
Among other things, the Department of Public Service wants the state, not the developer, to choose the contractor that will measure compliance with noise limits.
The developer says it will now comply with DMV registration for construction vehicles traveling on the road. But the board said registration doesn’t qualify as a “necessary permit.”
The board backed off somewhat from a stricter proposal before sending the new standards to legislators for review. Both supporters and opponents of wind power panned the rules.
Some say tougher standards are necessary to protect health and even lives, while wind supporters say the concerns are unfounded and the proposed limits would kill the industry.
Developers of a proposed seven-turbine wind project in Swanton will respond in person to questions from the public at a workshop Jan. 3, according to a Public Service Board order. The workshop is not meant to give the developers — Travis and Ashley Belisle, of St. Albans — an opportunity to advocate for the project, […]
Developers would use computer modeling to determine where wind energy projects can be built without exceeding limits on how much noise neighbors hear.
Science and perception collide as residents claim stress factors from living near large wind turbines.
Two towns in the Northeast Kingdom are reaping revenues from wind power projects, while another – Newark – is spending money to fight a proposed wind development.
Most Vermonters are unaware of the problems with wind energy development, because they have no reason to investigate the details. But when a wind project comes to town, the people who live around the mountain do their homework. Many do not like what they learn, or the way it is being done. Informed voters in Londonderry, Barton, Sutton, Manchester, and Ira voted against big wind turbines after becoming educated.