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Minutes of Killington Selectmen’s Meeting with Reunion Power, Feb. 7, 2012

March 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

PRESENT: Chris Bianchi, Chairman, (absent due to illness) Start: 7:30 p.m.
Jim Haff, Acting Chairman End: 9:50 p.m.
Bernie Rome
Seth Webb, Interim Town Manager
Barbara Young, Recording Secretary

GUESTS: Rob Howland of Reunion Power in Manchester, Peter DeMaio, Vito Rasenas, Susan Maples,
Connie Barbash, Justin Lindholm, Steve Selbo, Suzie kDundas, Rachel Emus, Linda Kropp,
Josef Guggenberger, Jeanne Karlhuber, George Brant, Tom White, Mike Hodulik, Joelle Jarvis,
Patty McGrath, Rick Hackett, Lyndsey Gang

Grandpa’s Knob Wind Farm Project Briefing
Rob Howland of Reunion Power in Manchester, Vermont, said is evaluating the potential of the wind power development on Grandpa’s Knob Ridge which runs from West Rutland and Castleton to Pittsford and Hubbardton. He is here because the project is moving forward quite well and may apply for permits from the Public Service Board which needs advance notice. He said there will be a power line in West Rutland, across the wetlands and into the Velco substation. The project is looking at using the north 6 miles of the ridge, the handgliding venue in the area is not affected. The project proposes 15 to 20 turbines, 40 to 50 mega watts of power. The amount of electric produced would be about the equivalent of half the homes in Rutland County and a lot of studies have been concluded on this particular ridge and there are no show stoppers. It is likely that within the next few days or weeks an announcement will be made about an arrangement with the Vermont Utility and the output of power. Anticipated jobs – a 6 month construction period with a large number of construction jobs, a lot of temporary jobs and 1 to 3 permanent jobs. Nordex manufactures the machines. The blades are 110 feet with 3 blades each. Total height 420 feet. The floor was opened to questions.

Bernie asked if there has been any opposition and Howland told him none that he knows of. Bernie asked the difference between wind and solar and Howland told him each are a viable and important piece of the energy puzzle.

Jim asked the cost of the turbine and Howland said $3 to 4 million for each turbine.

Josef Guggenberger asked what is the projected cost of electric submitted to Velco and Howland told him there is a negotiated price that is not public.

Peter DeMaio asked and Howland told him when it becomes official the Town can decide to take a position or not. There is nothing for the Town to do now.

Justin Lindholm said the cost of the power is usually not revealed to the public but the Killington ski area will be forced to pay it and it will be at least 2 to 3 times the cost for intermittent power.

Mike Hodulik discussed green credits for purchasing energy advertised by Killington and asked if they have contacted them or other businesses. Howland told him the public utility buys renewable credits and at the moment, Reunion Power is not looking into buying credits. They are not in the business of buying or selling power.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Millennium Energy green power Ed Brown permalink
    October 1, 2012 11:05 pm

    I own Millennium Energy green power all my trbines run on the gound from energy there is no cost to run them so why would you put them ( wind turbines ) in the air. The cost of mine is 1/3 of noise.Interested call 802-884-8098

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