North Country News
8:23 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appeal of VT Wind Project Dropped

The Green Mountain Club has withdrawn an appeal of the Deerfield Wind project.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Bennington Banner says the appeal was dropped after the U.S. Forest Service agreed to require radar-activated lights on the project's wind turbines.

Deerfield Wind LLC, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, wants to build 15 wind turbines nearly 400 feet high and a half-mile apart on ridgelines on Forest Service land west of Route 8 in Readsboro and east of Route 8 in Searsburg. The turbines would produce 30 megawatts of power.

The Green Mountain Club worked with the Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to require radar-activated lighting that will only trigger lights when aircraft approach.

The club has not taken an official position on the wind project itself.

Tristan O’Neill, WAMC News.

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