Experts to Testify, “Impacts Need to be Assessed Before Development Continues”
On Thursday February 2nd utility-scale wind opponents from communities across Vermont will head to the State House for “Ridges Are Not Renewable Day.” They will call on lawmakers to call a “time out” on further utility-scale wind development in the state to give regulators, communities, and experts time to assess impacts from recently constructed projects.
As part of the day’s events, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources Committee are expected to hear testimony from wildlife and water quality experts on the severity of the current impacts, and importance of protecting our resources to preserve our ability to adapt to climate change.
Later, community scale renewable energy advocacy non-profit Energize Vermont plans to debut a new documentary film examining the role of utility-scale wind development in Vermont’s energy mix, and calling for an end to the State’s ad-hoc approach to wind energy development.
After the film, experts from the film, and earlier testimony, will appear on a panel to answer questions from lawmakers and interested citizens. All are encouraged to attend ‘Ridges Are Not Renewable Day’ at the State House and learn more about why we must protect our ridgelines from unnecessary development.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
- 11AM: Press Conference in Cedar Creek Room Hosted By Energize Vermont
- 11:30AM: Expert Testimony in Senate Energy & Natural Resources
- TBD: Expert Testimony in House Fish, Wildlife, and Water Resources
- 1PM: Energize Vermont Screens Documentary, “Wind in VT: Energy Vs. Our Mountains” in Meeting Room 10
- 1:30PM: Panel of Experts Explains Their Position on Big Wind in Vermont
- Charles Johnson, Former State Naturalist
- Sue Morse, Wildlife Biologist
- Geoff Goll, Hydrologist, Princeton Hydro
- Annette Smith, Vermonters for a Clean Environment
- Steve Wright, Former Commissioner of Fish & Wildlife Department
- Ben Luce, Ph.D., Professor of Sustainability, Lyndon State College
- Moderator: Lukas B. Snelling, Executive Director, Energize Vermont