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East Haven Wind Farm, VT

STATUS: Suspended

TYPE: Wind

OPPOSITION: State government (Public Service Board, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources)

PROSPECTS: Unlikely

BACKGROUND: The proposed East Haven Wind farm would have consisted of four 329 foot tall turbines, totaling 6 MW, on the site of an abandoned radar base on the summit ridge.

Opponents repeatedly have argued that large, visible wind towers on the region's ridge lines will constitute an eyesore, adversely affect tourism and cause property values to plummet.   A spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy opined, “[o]ne can hardly suggest that the wind turbines will improve the public investment in ‘wild, remote nature’ at a scale and timeframe that is intended to be unique for the state.”

On July 17, 2006 the project was denied a Certificate of Public Good from the Public Service Boardciting impact studies on bird and bat populations were insufficient, effectively halting the project. 

In 2009, the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority announced the purchase of the lease for the East Haven site and stated that it planned to start the process anew for the construction of a 3 turbine wind farm.

SOURCES:  Vermont Energy Partnership: http://www.vtep.org/documents/WindPower.pdf;
The Chronicle: http://www.bartonchronicle.com/index.php/wind-power-sheffield/wind-hearings-moving-on-two-fronts.html;
http://www.bartonchronicle.com/index.php/wind-power-east-mountain/windfarm-to-build-demonstration-towers.html;  
Vermont Digger: http://vtdigger.org/2010/03/30/windfarms-on-the-horizon-that-could-have-been-blown-away-may-crop-up/;
the Caledonian Record: http://caledonianrecord.com/print.asp?ArticleID=45074&SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1

Last updated December 1, 2010