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Officials Gather to Celebrate Completion of Vermont's First Commercial Wind Farm

Sheffield Wind Turbine
courtesy First Wind
Sheffield Wind Turbine

By Pat Bradley


Sheffield, VT – First Wind and other officials, including Vermont Governor Peter Schumlin, celebrated the end of the eight-year process to plan and build the Sheffield Wind Farm. The wind wasn't blowing and the blades were barely turning during the ribbon cutting, but the 40 megawatt, 16-turbine project is capable of generating enough power for more than 14,000 Vermont homes. First Wind Spokesman John LaMontagne says that's enough to power the entire county the turbines are sited in.

First Wind's CEO has stated that Sheffield is one of the most environmentally sound wind projects ever built. Spokesman John LaMontagne says several factors make the Sheffield project unique.

Energize Vermont Spokesman Lukas Snelling opposes commercial wind development, believing that smaller projects are better for the state. He takes issue with First Wind's environmental claims.

During the ribbon cutting and celebration a number of people opposed to the wind project rallied just outside the project site. Ridge Protectors Founding member and Board Member Greg Bryant is concerned about the ripple effect it will have across Vermont.

Power from the Sheffield turbines will be sold to three Vermont utilities.