The NorthWest region does NOT need any more renewable power. See this information from Vermont Electric Coop:
Click to access Co-Op_Life_-_Winter_2016.pdf
The FAA has issued a “NOTICE OF PRESUMED HAZARD” for the proposed Swanton Industrial Wind project.
Here is one of the letters:
FAA letter x 7
You can also go here:
to see all 7 letters that were sent – One for each turbine.
Mark Whitworth Commentary – Excellent information!
Mark Whitworth commentary
Results of a survey done at Lincoln Township in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin:
GMP files to dismiss Swanton Wind power proposal because it will harm its rate payers:
GMP Response to DPS Motion to Dismiss
Northwest Regional Planning Commission response to the Swanton Wind 45-day notice:
State Dismissal of Swanton Wind power purchase agreement:
Power Dismissal Docket 8571 – Swanton Wind
Letter from Brian Dubie on protecting our Ridgelines, Lakes and Streams:
We must protect our Ridgelines
Link to the 45-day notice filing by Swanton Wind on Monday, August 24, 2015
The Northeastern Vermont Development Association has developed the following position on industrial wind energy:
“The NVDA sees one clear benefit to industrial wind energy, one clear problem, and a host of troubling questions. The clear benefit is the tax relief that industrial-scale wind turbines bring to their host towns. The clear problem is the bitter divisions that wind brings to our communities. The troubling questions involve the unreliability of wind energy, the amount of energy produced versus the social and environmental disruption, the costliness of the electricity, and the dubiousness of the claims of environmental benefit. We are even more troubled by the potential impacts on human health, essential wildlife habitat, water quality, aesthetics, property values, and our tourism industry. We are also troubled by the state’s energy policies, the state’s permitting process, and the ease with which the public good as expressed in our municipal and regional plans can be overridden by people who may never have even visited our region.
It is the position of the NVDA that no further development of industrial-scale wind turbines should take place in the Northeast Kingdom.
This position will become an element in the regional energy plan. The position may be revised for future plans if our understanding of turbine impacts changes significantly.”
Link to the full NVDA report
This document shows the potential sites for the seven wind turbines (see page 4):
Swanton Wind Stantec FINAL Work Plan 041415
This displays the topography: Swanton Wind AE Preliminary Resource Map
Rocky Ridge BioFinder Tier Report
This picture displays a 1 mile and a 5 mile radius from the project:
March 17 Swanton Select Board Meeting Minutes
July 7 Swanton Select Board Meeting Minutes
It’s great to hear that you have four events planned over the month of October and into November. This is a strategy that was seriously discussed in a meeting with many of those groups and individuals who are passionately in favor of defeating any further destruction to Vermont with industrial-scale wind farms. Our plan was to conduct at least one ‘gathering’ per county, to reveal the ‘Truths’ the public was not hearing from the wind industry. Quite similar to your goals.
My portion of the organizational work was to compose text, layout, and required photos and artwork for a series of pamphlets to be handed out at the informational gatherings. I completed my work long ago… awaiting vetting, artwork, and printing. This campaign lost some steam over time. Probably due to lack of time, and funding for printing. You seem to have included heavy-hitter experts (like Ben Luce), so you may be covered on all fronts there. But, I will offer copies of my research and input from the several pamphlets, that I had composed for our aborted assault, at no charge to you.
Each Vermonter may have different sensitivities on why they might be more passionate on these issues if they possessed a detailed account over various areas of concern. So, the literature was composed to address as many of those as possible— Noise and health concerns, diminished property values, wildlife habitat, loss of tourism $$, dangers in affecting water run-off, higher utility rates that might push IBM into relocating, visual/ aesthetic devastation, and all the ‘Truths’ that the wind industry does not want us to be aware of in our final determinations, etc, etc. One pamphlet per each area of concern. A portion of my work uncovered 50+ better alternatives to Wind… non of which required bull-dozing a mountain top!
In polite chats with friends, I have found that the quickest, most effective, counter to Pro-Wind proponents, was to ask them what they thought Wind would solve in our global concerns. Air pollution, carbon footprint, reducing our reliance on foreign oil, eliminating base load power plants, etc, etc. Each of these issues can be dismissed with one short paragraph answer in response.
Most of our citizens are aware of ONLY Wind and Solar as our options. And few have the time to research beyond the superficial. Most of us have not been made aware that Montpelier’s goals will require 200+ miles of our mountainscapes (in a state that is only 160 miles long). Vermont has a strict policy on zero construction above 2500′ of elevation… yet this is being conveniently ignored in wind siting! One would naturally assume that National and State forest/parks would be off-limits… yet that seems not to be the case either.
I wish you the best in getting the word out. And let me know if any of my materials can help toward your goals.