The Kidder Hill Community Wind project will be located along a ± ¼ mile section of hilltop, approximately 1,780 feet above sea level (based on current plans) on a portion of David’s 645± acres of private land bordering Irasburg/Lowell. The hilltop and surrounding area currently afford space for various land uses, including seasonally pasturing cows, existing residential solar trackers (that power David’s log cabin), snowmobiling and other recreational activities, and logging.
The public can follow along with the proceedings at the Public Service Board’s electronic filing website http://epsb.vermont.gov/?q=node/2 and locate the files under Case No. 17-3443-PET.
Based on the case studies of existing Vermont and national wind energy generation projects, Kidder Hill Community Wind (KHCW) will generate robust benefits for the local community and the state.
Helping Vermont Meet State Renewable Energy Goals
Vermont has long been an innovator and leader in renewable energy. KHCW will be similar to the successful 4-turbine Georgia Mountain Community Wind in that Vermonters are developing the project for Vermonters.
Vermont has created one of the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation to generate 90% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2050, which will mean greater energy security, reducing our reliance on volatile out of state and costly energy sources, keeping our energy dollars local, and creating good clean energy jobs. To meet this goal, wind power will be an important part of Vermont’s electricity portfolio.
Vermont state policy encourages utilities to enter long-term, stably priced power contracts for renewable energy as a way to protect ratepayers from rate increases caused by a volatile regional energy market.
Consistent with that policy, KHCW’s intends to sell the project’s output to one or more of the state’s electric utilities through a long-term, fixed-price contract at avoided-cost rates approved by the Public Service Board in February 2015.
KHCW will also help Vermont fulfill the state’s goals for more in-state renewables in order to achieve energy independence and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The Department of Public Service calculates that, as of today, the supply for about one-third of Vermont’s electricity needs for 2020 and beyond have not been determined.
Replacing Dirty Fossil Fuel Generated Energy with Clean, Pollution Free Energy
Critical environmental benefits are created by avoiding energy made from polluting fossil fuel-fired electric generation plants, which also helps to minimize acid rain, ozone depletion, dirty-air related health problems, and climate change.
Two wind turbines with a total capacity of 5 megawatts (MW) are estimated to produce enough electricity to meet the annual needs of approximately 2,000 Vermont households.
A source of local, clean, and stably priced wind power is good for the community of Irasburg and good for Vermont.
The electricity produced will be air-pollution free and will help the State of Vermont reduce its greenhouse gas footprint and reach its goals for more in-state renewable energy.
It is expected that the Kidder Hill project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 4,795 tons/year. Over the twenty-year life of the project, the present value of the greenhouse gas reductions will equal $ 7.13 million.
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This project will have a positive impact on the regional and state economy both during installation as well as the ongoing operation of the facility.
Significant dollars will be paid to Vermont firms for the project’s construction and new jobs created in Vermont, and in particular in the Northeast Kingdom region, during the construction period.
Kidder Hill will be one of the largest taxpayers in Lowell/Irasburg. Based upon other Vermont communities hosting wind generation facilities, it is estimated the project will contribute approximately $40,000 in local annual payments. In addition, the project will contribute approximately $40,000 annually to the state-wide education fund over the life of the project.