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Info on Wind in Vermont

Below are several resources to learn more about why utility-scale wind technology is inappropriate on our ridgelines. 

Habitat Fragmentation, Water Quality, and the Economic and Social Fabric of Communities - A short film called Vermont's Energy Options produced by Energize Vermont provides a good overview of the many issues with utility-scale wind in Vermont. You can watch it here, or download a tri-fold brochure detailing the issues

Environmental Destruction - The environmental impacts from the construction of the Lowell wind project are extreme. See photos of the physical damage, to the ridgelines fragmenting existing habitats and jeopardizing high quality water sources.

Effective CO2 Emissions Reduction - Turbines on ridgelines will produce no assured reduction in Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions. 96% of Vermont's emissions come from transportation, space and water heating, and from the construction and agriculture sectors – NOT electricity generation. Learn about Vermont's solar resource in this two page hand-out.

Cost Effectiveness vs. Solar - The cost for electricity generated by turbines on our ridgelines is increasing and already surpasses the average wholesale electricity rates. Cost trends indicate no cost reduction for industrial turbine generated electricity in the  future. Solar, on the other hand, is getting cheaper and will soon compete with retail rates in Vermont.  Learn more about the trends for these renewables here.

Renewable Energy Goals - Moving toward the use of more renewable energy is important. In Vermont our solar resource is hundreds of times greater than our wind resource.  See how we can use solar to meet our renewable energy goals

Have questions about generating electrcity from wind in Vermont? Contact us here.