Montpelier, Vermont [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] UPC Vermont Wind presented its petition for a Certificate of Public Good to the Public Service Board this week. The move is a key part of the process toward permitting a 52 MW wind project that would be based on ridgelines in the towns of Sheffield and Sutton.“This is an important moment in the process for us,” said UPC President and CEO Paul Gaynor. “We have a long way to go, but we are confident that what we have submitted to the Public Service Board offers a compelling case for the merits value of this project. UPC’s main goal from the beginning was to provide clean and affordable energy for Vermont. We feel that this project accomplishes that.” The nearly 1,000-page application includes dozens of maps, studies, simulations, expert testimony and other supporting data associated with the project. The 26 turbines will generate enough power for 15,000-20,000 homes. “We have been working for over three years to get to this point,” said Tim Caffyn, Project Manager. “We’ve studied bats, birds, historic preservation, forestry, noise impacts, and a host of other issues in order to comply with the State guidelines and the recommendations of Governor Douglas’ commission on wind power. We’re eager for the review process to begin.” UPC Vermont Wind, LLC was formed by principals of the UPC Group, which is based in Newton, Massachusetts, with offices in Maine, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, California, and Hawaii. The complete application will be available through the UPC website (below). The review process is expected to take 12-18 months.