Town near wind project asking about another


EDEN (AP) -- The Eden select board is asking residents their opinions about possibly hosting a six-turbine wind power installation in their community down the Lowell Mountain ridgeline from an existing project owned by Vermont’s Green Mountain Power.

In August, the Eden board was notified that a Connecticut company, BNE Energy Inc., wanted to erect the turbines in an area known as the Bigelow Basin.

The board sent a letter to residents saying officials were seeking information about the project and would pass on the information to the community.

"There are many, many questions yet to be answered as the town takes the first steps in considering how such a project might impact the town," the board said in the introduction to the survey. "The select board’s role on this issue is to acquire as much information as possible without prejudice, and pass that information on to the community."

BNE has a wind test tower on the ridgeline.

Among the questions that were asked was if residents had changed their minds about wind projects now that the Lowell wind turbines are up and running.

BNE wants to sell the power the turbines would generate in Connecticut, the Caledonian Record reported.

Calls to BNE seeking comment Friday were not immediately returned.

The surveys must be returned by Nov. 15.


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