Vermont Supreme Court Upholds Lowell Wind Permit

May 24, 2014

Kingdom Community Wind
Credit Green Mountain Power

The Vermont Supreme Court has upheld a permit for the way Green Mountain Power is managing storm water runoff from its Kingdom Community Wind generating project in Lowell.

Critics of the wind power project had appealed the Public Service Board's acceptance of an approval of the permit given by the Agency of Natural Resources. They argued that the agency had failed to follow its own rules in granting the permit.

In its decision, the high court said the Public Service Board had given deference to the agency with the technical expertise on handling storm water runoff. The court said it endorsed that strategy of giving deference to the agency.

Energize Vermont and other groups critical of the wind project are sharply criticizing the decision.

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