Vermont Increases Wind Capacity Six Fold

December 7, 2011

After an eight-year struggle, Vermont has cut the ribbon at a new 40-megawatt (MW) wind power project, increasing the state’s wind energy generation six-fold to 46.05 MW. The new wind project consists of 16 Clipper wind turbines, each having a rated capacity of 2.5 MW.

The wind energy project is predicted to produce enough electricity to power 15,000 homes, and will provide the town of Sheffield with $10 million in tax revenues over 20 years. The site of the wind power project was selected because of the strong winds in the area as well as its proximity to transmission lines.

One of the reasons the project took eight years to complete is the environmental-innovation project design. In addition to conserving 2,700 acres of land from development during the life of the project, the project impacts only 1/10 of an acre of wetland area, and avoids moose and bear habitats.

To learn more about the Sheffield Wind Project, read the October 27 American Wind Energy Association article.