STATUS: In progress, opposition
OPPOSITION: Residents of Milton and Georgia; Citizens for the Preservation of Georgia Mountain
BACKGROUND: The $21.4 million project would generate up to 12 megawatts, enough electricity for over 3,500 Vermont homes. The permitting and construction phases of the project are expected to create 62 jobs. Operation of the facility will create 2 jobs.
The main concerns among opposing residents are environmental impacts in the area, loss of property values, noise and impact on tourism.
In June 2010, the state Public Service Board gave a final order and certificate of public good to the developer to build the five-turbine wind facility on the Georgia-Milton town line, however 32 conditions must be met in order to do so.
SOURCES: Georgia Mountain Community Wind: http://www.georgiamountainwind.com/;
Regional Economic Impact Analysis: http://www.georgiamountainwind.com/PDF/FINAL.GMCW.Exhibit.PET.RWH-2.PDF;
Kirby Mountain: http://kirbymtn.blogspot.com/2009/04/georgia-mountain-wind-project-has.html;
Vermont Biz: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/june/georgia-mountain-wind-turbines-approved;
Champlain Business Journal: http://www.vermonttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100804/CBJ/100809993/-1/CBJ02;
U.S. Department of Energy: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/newengland/project_detail.asp?id=1289;
The Milton Independent: http://www.miltonindy.com/09.11.19_windhearing.html;
Last updated December 2, 2010