Vt. administration's wind opposition draws fire

Associated Press Published: October 14, 2012
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin is drawing fire from wind energy supporters for coming out in opposition to a possible wind energy project in the southern Vermont town of Windham.

The state Department of Public Service cited local regulations blocking the project in urging that the Public Service Board reject a plan to erect towers to test wind speeds in the area.

Now the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and the industry group Renewable Energy Vermont are criticizing the administration for that stance.

VPIRG's Paul Burns points to provisions in the state energy plan saying Vermont will get an increasing share of its electricity from renewable sources.

The Public Service Board still could rule in favor of the Windham wind power project.



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