Vermont Public Lands Could be Off-Limits to Wind Power

On June 17, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) released a draft policy on wind energy and other renewable energy development on state-owned lands for public review. According to analysis of the draft policy by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) large-scale commercial wind farms would not be permitted on state-owned lands.

Montpelier, Vermont – June 22, 2004 [] The draft does recommend that the state Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) promote some renewable energy applications, such as net-metered renewable and small-scale projects on some state lands under its jurisdiction. The Governor’s office conducted a series of public meetings across the state earlier this spring on wind energy development on public lands. The draft policy, a summary of the public input, and other related information is posted on a state Web site listed below. Copies of the draft policy can also be obtained through the ANR. The Agency will be accepting public comment on the draft policy through Monday, August 2, and hopes to finalize the policy by the middle of August. Questions or comments on the draft should be directed to State lands director Mike Fraysier, of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, phone (802) 241-3682, e-mail , or address 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671. Information courtesy of AWEA’s Wind Energy Weekly
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