US Forest Service approves Vt. wind project

Posted Jan. 03, 2012, at 9:43 p.m.

SEARSBURG, Vt. — The U.S. Forest Service has approved the construction of 15 wind turbines in the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont.

The project planned for Searsburg and Readsboro was placed on a list of 14 infrastructure projects around the country to be given what federal officials are calling expedited environmental reviews and permitting.

Deerfield Wind, LLC, which is owned by a company called Iberdrola Renewables, had proposed building 17 turbines. The Forest Service on Tuesday approved the construction of 15 turbines.

Central Vermont Public Service Corp. plans to take two-thirds of the power generated by it.

Officials say the project will produce enough electricity to power 13,000 homes a year.

The project is adjacent to another wind farm operated by Green Mountain Power Corp.

 

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