"Harnessing wind in Vermont is like “growing bananas” in the state, according to Mark Whitworth, executive director of Energize Vermont, a group opposing large-scale wind. It just does not make sense, he said. Ben Luce is a Lyndon State College professor of physics and natural science who is critical of Vermont’s renewable energy program. He said even by developing all available locations for wind in the Northeast – ridgelines, hills and shorelines – wind could only provide less than 3 percent of peak demand, ja “trivial amount” of power for the region, in his view".
“What were they thinking?” when New England’s state energy planners backed building 25-cent-per-kilowatt-hour wind projects... In short, they thought their foresight and strong-arm regulatory tactics would bend the region’s energy market to their will. The market is bent, but instead of the result they wanted, they got the worst case scenario: higher emissions and higher prices."