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Green Mountain Power begins construction of Lowell wind project

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first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction of Kingdom Community Wind (KCW), a 63 MW renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont. The 21 turbine wind project can provide power for more than 24,000 homes with the lowest-cost new renewable energy available to GMP customers and the members of the Vermont Electric Coop (VEC).”We are extremely excited to start construction on this important local, renewable energy project,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “In addition to producing clean and reliable power for our customers and VEC members, Kingdom Community Wind is the most affordable new renewable energy available.”Kingdom Community Wind is the most significant renewable generation development in Vermont and it will provide a boost to the local and Vermont economy. The project has already employed Vermonters and Vermont firms in the pre-construction phase of the project. More than 90 different Vermont firms and vendors have participated in the project to date, with more than $4 million already invested in those companies. In the coming weeks, contractors, including Vermont-based contractors like J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center and Bates & Murray of Barre, will be adding additional local employees to their existing Vermont employee base to work on Kingdom Community Wind.”This is a local energy project built by Vermonters, for Vermonters,” said Powell. “Through tax payments to the town of Lowell, the state education fund, the Good Neighbor Fund for surrounding towns and the economic activity created by the project’s construction, as well as competitively priced energy for many years to come, this project is a true win-win for all involved. We are grateful for the support we have received from the community.”Construction will consist of two affiliated projects. The first being the construction of the turbines, which will be complete and running by the end of 2012. The second includes upgrades to VEC’s transmission system between Lowell and Jay. VEC sought the upgrades as part of its long term capital plan, but through a partnership with GMP is now able to move more quickly on a more robust upgrade, while limiting the costs to its members.”Our 40 year old transmission system between Lowell and Jay needed to be upgraded to ensure safety and reliability,” said David Hallquist, CEO of the Vermont Electric Coop. “Our members have also told us that they want clean, local and affordable electricity. Our partnership with GMP on this renewable wind project will help us meet those requests in a way that keeps rates as low as possible.”In July, VEC members voted to support the transmission system upgrades, with nearly 80 percent in favor. The Kingdom Community Wind project has also been supported at the ballot box by Lowell voters during a 2010 Town Meeting Day ballot when three in four Lowell voters approved of the wind project.Kingdom Community Wind received a certificate of public good (CPG) from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May. GMP has now met all the pre-construction conditions in the CPG and received all of the permits required to begin construction, including permits related to protecting water quality that were issued late August.”We are committed to the highest environmental standards,” said Powell. “After all, a major reason for building a renewable wind project is to reduce carbon emissions and protect our natural environment. That is why it is so important that we maintain a strong environmental ethic in every aspect of Kingdom Community Wind.”Green Mountain Power’s environmental efforts are among the most extensive for such a project in Vermont. For example, for the first time for either wind or ski areas, there will be biological monitoring of streams during and following construction. GMP has also voluntarily collected data about the water chemistry of all the streams around the project to understand and protect future water quality.According to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), “The monitoring program imposed on GMP to protect high quality waters is more restrictive than any program required of any Vermont ski area to date.” In addition, GMP made an extraordinary effort in the design to avoid stream and wetland impacts.”In my 25 years of working on water quality issues in Vermont, GMP has by far done more with the Kingdom Wind project than any other development project to provide a comprehensive and well-planned framework, including design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting to assure that water quality is protected,” said Jeff Nelson, Director of Environmental Services for VHB, who has worked as a consultant for GMP on water resources planning and permitting for the project since the outset.Green Mountain Power has been working toward the development of KCW for more than three years. All aspects of the project, from environmental to economic impacts, have been studied extensively and were subject to regulatory and public oversight. As construction on KCW moves ahead, GMP remains committed to being fully open and transparent about the project and its progress.With construction beginning, GMP is on schedule to ensure that KCW is operating by the end of 2012. In doing so, customers will benefit directly because the project will qualify for about $47 million in federal production tax credit that go entirely to lowering the cost of energy for GMP customers and VEC members.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – September 06, 2011) –last_img read more

Derby runner-up set for rematch

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first_img The son of New Approach did not make his racecourse debut until striking at Pontefract in early April, but has come a long way in a short space of time. After a fair run at Sandown, the three-year-old ran out a shock winner of the Dante Stakes at York, but proved that to be no fluke when beating all bar Ruler Of The World in the Investec Derby. Karl Burke, assistant to his trainer-wife Elaine, is keen on another crack at the winner in Ireland on June 29. He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with how he has come out of the race. He’s eaten up and trotted out this morning. He’s in better shape than I could have ever hoped. He lost 11 kilos, which is to be expected after the journey and everything. “When you finish as fast as he did, immediately after the race you think you’ve been unlucky, but we went back and watched the replay and the winner has quickened up really smartly three furlongs out and we weren’t able to. “Our horse took the track as well as we could have expected. He got a bit unbalanced round Tattenham Corner and it maybe cost him a length. You can blame the track and whatever else, but on the day we were beaten fair and square. “That’s not to say on another day things could be different and we certainly wouldn’t be scared to take him on again. I haven’t had a serious chat with the owner yet, but I would say there is a strong possibility he’ll be supplemented for the Irish Derby, if all is well between now and then. “Our horse only turned three on May 13 and there is every chance he could be an even better horse in a month’s time, so we’ll probably head to Ireland for the rematch.” Looking further ahead, Burke admits the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster in September will be considered. “He’ll definitely get an entry in the Leger, but we’ll just take it race by race. All options are open,” he said. Supplementing Libertarian for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh is a “strong possibility” according to connections following his superb run in defeat at Epsom on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more