Tuesday July 30, 2013

Some Vt. residents talk wind power with governor

GRAFTON (AP) -- Some Grafton residents say they're glad they had an opportunity to voice concerns to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin about the possibility of an industrial wind power project being built in their community.

Last week, Shumlin met with six members of the public who say they represented more than 100 town citizens while the governor was at the Grafton Inn on other business.

"We're very pleased that we had a chance to voice our concerns," said resident Lisa Kissel. "We don't know if the governor was previously aware of how much concern there is in Grafton about this."

One of the world's largest energy companies received permits to erect three wind test towers -- two in Windham and one in Grafton -- to see if the area would be suitable for a larger wind-power project.

Some area residents are opposed to the possibility of an industrial wind project in their communities.

Shumlin spokeswoman Susan Allen told the Brattleboro Reformer that the governor has met with numerous groups but has not formed an opinion on the Windham County project because it's still under review.

Allen said that in general Shumlin is a strong supporter of wind power.


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