How to Meet Renewable Energy Goals Without Industrial Wind Turbines

Following is the Executive Summary Energy Plan unveiled yesterday by Energize Vermont, which has been leading the fight against ridge top wind projects.  It shows how Vermont can achieve the legislated goal of 90% renewable energy use by 2050 without destroying the landscape, and citizen's well being, with industrial wind turbines.  The complete plan is here.


Energize Vermont


Executive Summary



The goal of the Energize Vermont Clean Energy Plan

is to offer the state a pragmatic path forward for

electricity generation that reduces the overall impacts

of generation.

The Plan offers a reasonable balance of resources

and does not unreasonably depend any one resource.

Additionally, it emphasizes increased utilization of

resources that help us achieve the following three


        1. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

        2. Utilize the lowest impact, highest resource

            potential renewables

        3. Meet Vermont’s clean energy goals affordably


Plan Assumptions:

The Plan makes the following assumptions, many of which match those in Vermont’s

Comprehensive State Energy Plan (CEP) from 2011.

        • The Goal of the CEP is to have 90% of our energy use from renewables by 2050. To

            accomplish this we must move our electricity generation sources to non-CO2 emitting


        • Vermont’s demand for electricity is relatively steady. The Plan starts with usage at

            6,000GWhs annually at present and grows to 6,500GWhs in 2030.

        • The Plan assumes continued investment in efficiency that will limit demand growth

            over time. Moving our electricity generation to renewable resources is important, but

            we need to first focus on efficiency in our homes and buildings.

        • Vermont’s grid capacity can handle most estimates of plugin electric vehicle (PEV)

            adoption rates if the PEVs are charged at night. Energize Vermont estimates 110,000

            PEVs in Vermont by 2030, and this falls within UVM’s estimates of acceptable grid

            capacity. The Plan offers additional recommendations should demand grow further

            due to the adoption of plugin electric vehicles.

        • Generation technology will improve, but it is impossible to know how or by much. As a

            result the Plan uses no assumed increase in technological efficiency over present day.


Resource Recommendations:

The Plan recommends an overall reduction of CO2 emitting (market) resources of 73% over the next 20 years. It achieves this goal largely by ramping down the State’s dependency on market sources and migrating to local renewable sources. It makes the following recommendations by source to achieve this goal:

  • Hydro Quebec - Honor existing contracts, increase if needed for growth.
  • Nuclear - Honor existing contracts, ramp down over time.     
  • Solar - Support aggressive build-out, achieve 400-500MW in 2030.
  • Wind - 3-year moratorium on further ridgeline development, add no  additional ridgeline wind with current technology.
  • Local Hydro - Add capacity through retrofit and new plants. Adopt DPS  estimate of 90MW of new potential capacity.
  • Biomass - Expand smaller co-gen opportunities as appropriate. Explore one larger (25MW), high efficiency plant with sustainable forestry practices and safe operations as technology permits. 
  • Methane - Expand to maximum potential in Vermont. Build out technology for smaller Vermont farms. Add 15MW of capacity from smaller farms by 2030.
  • Market Power - Decrease over time to achieve 75% reduction by 2030.


Policy Recommendations:

The Plan makes several important policy recommendations to help achieve the above

resource goals, including:

  • the expansion of Group Net Metering by removing utility cap and creating better financing opportunities
  • encouraging small-scale and community based projects with better financing opportunities
  • creating state sponsored ownership models for community projects, similar to those in Germany
  • creating technology siting standards to ensure all projects are “done right
  • placing a three year moratorium on utility-scale wind to allow for impact studies and technological improvement
  • encouraging the State and local governments to lead by example through renewable projects and PEV adoption


Vermont can meet our clean energy goals and reduce our GHG emissions without sacrificing

our ridgelines.

Contact Information:

Energize Vermont








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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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