About 80 gather to protest Vt. wind project


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A large-scale wind power project planned for the northern Vermont town of Lowell is coming under fire from critics who say it's too expensive and environmentally damaging.

Green Mountain Power, which is owned by Northern New England Energy Corp., a subsidiary of Canada-based Gaz Metro, is building the project.

About 80 people — many of them from neighboring towns around the Kingdom Community Wind project in Lowell — say the cuts in carbon emissions coming from the 21 turbines more than 400 feet tall along the Lowell mountain ridge line will cost more than $100 per ton of carbon saved — versus the $25 a ton that's more the standard in the renewable energy field.

Dottie Schnure, spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power, says Vermonters and the state Legislature both support wind power, and that the Lowell Mountain project is the most cost-effective way to make it happen.