Green Mountain Power, owner of the only operating wind generation farm in Vermont, filed today with state regulators for permission to build a second wind generating plant, up to 63 megawatts, in Lowell, Vermont. The $150 million investment in the Northeast Kingdom will provide jobs and significant economic benefits, in addition to increasing the state’s renewable energy generation.This is the most significant renewable energy project proposed in Vermont since the 50 MW McNeil wood generating plant was built in the 1980s. Green Mountain Power, Vermont Electric Cooperative and VELCO are working together on the project to provide customers of the two distribution utilities stably priced, renewable energy.”This is an important step in our mission to provide our customers with cost-effective, low carbon power,” said Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power. “We have found that investing in and building utility scale renewable energy projects is a solid way to provide our customers with low cost and low carbon electricity.””Vermont Electric Cooperative customers have indicated they want local, renewable resources, and by working together with Green Mountain Power, we are able to provide those resources at cost with little financial risk to the members of VEC,” said David Hallquist, Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Electric Cooperative.Utility ownership of renewable resources provides long-term customer value, as the utilities can continue to generate power past the point at which a contract with a developer would have expired. For example, Green Mountain Power’s hydroelectric generating plants, which were largely built by GMP in the early 1900s, are the company’s lowest cost source of power today.The project as proposed will include up to 21 turbines on 3.2 miles of ridgeline on Lowell Mountain, and will generate enough electricity for 20,000 homes, or six to eight percent of Green Mountain Power’s generation needs and four percent of VEC’s generation needs. It also includes upgrades to the existing transmission infrastructure and substations in the region.The project has been well received by the Lowell community, where 75 percent of voters agreed in March to support the project. And in Albany at a special town meeting on May 18th residents voted not to oppose the project.”Community support is integral to this project,” said Ms. Powell. “In fact, when the town of Lowell indicated it would hold a vote, we said that we would only proceed if the town as a whole supported the project.”In further recognition of the importance of community support, the utilities have proposed an innovative “Good Neighbor Fund” to ensure direct economic benefits to nearby towns, namely Albany, Westfield, Eden, Irasburg and Craftsbury. The Good Neighbor Fund does not apply to Lowell, where the project is sited, which will receive significant property tax benefits.”While there are significant energy benefits from this project for GMP and VEC customers, as well as economic benefits to the region as a whole, we believe it is important to extend direct economic benefits to neighboring towns,” said Ms. Powell. “In addition, we view public acceptance as critical to the development of wind in Vermont, and we’ve heard from residents of neighboring towns that benefits should extend beyond the boundaries of the host town. By creating the Good Neighbor Fund, we’ve raised the bar for developing wind in Vermont.”The Good Neighbor Fund is consistent with the stated desire of the Northeast Vermont Development Association, as its energy plan asks the Public Service Board to consider economic benefits of projects beyond just the host town.The Good Neighbor Fund will pay towns according to the portion of land within a five-mile radius of the project. The amount will be based on a 1 mil charge on the amount of electricity produced by the wind farm with a minimum annual payment of $10,000. The payment will be for 10 years.Ms. Powell added, “This is a different way of developing wind power. All along, GMP and VEC have worked closely with community members, and now we’ve proposed a way to extend benefits beyond the host town. We’ve recognized that people living near the project, not just in Lowell, should benefit from the siting of this project in their region. Importantly, we were able to adjust costs in other areas so this will not increase the overall cost of the project.”The Kingdom Community Wind project would be Green Mountain Power’s second wind plant. It built a six-megawatt wind plant in Searsburg, Vermont, in 1997, which continues to generate renewable energy for Green Mountain Power customers. Green Mountain Power was recognized nationally for its leadership in researching and developing wind generation in cold climates.The process to receive a permit, or Certificate of Public Good, includes extensive testimony before the Vermont Public Service Board, public meetings, site visits and can take many months to complete.The filing with the Vermont Public Service Board will soon be available at: www.kingdomcommunitywind.com(link is external).About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 95,000 customers.About Vermont Electric Cooperative Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc., a member-owned Cooperative founded in 1938, is Vermont’s third largest electric utility, serving approximately 34,000 members in rural Vermont. Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – May 21, 2010) –
Omer F. “Pee Wee” Kinker, age 90 of Greensburg, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Aspen Place in Greensburg. Born November 25, 1927 in Decatur County Indiana, he is the son of Anna (Nee: Duvelius) and Harry Kinker. He married Rita Niese January 19, 1957 at St. Louis Church in Batesville and she preceded him in death April 7, 2002 after 45 years of marriage. Pee Wee was a farmer as well as a truck driver for the Hill-Rom Company 36 years. He served in the army during the Korean War, driving supply trucks to the front line under the cover of darkness.When asked about his hobbies, his family responded, “work.” He was one of those individuals that stayed busy. In addition to working for Hill-Rom he also raised feeder pigs and ran the family farm. Pee Wee also liked time in the woods where he would usually be chopping wood, coon hunting or mushroom hunting. A Reds fan, his family also indicated he liked the Bengals, but could root for the Colts too, depending on who was in the room or which team was winning. Pee Wee was also known for his homemade horseradish.He is survived by daughters Jean (Steve) Lynch of Laurel, Indiana, Nancy (Gene) Wallpe of Greensburg, Patty (Mark) Kohrman of Sunman, Mary Land (partner Kenneth Foster) of Greensburg; sons Mike (Judy) Kinker, Jerry (Connie) Kinker, Steve (Gretchen) Kinker, all of Greensburg; sisters Loretta Kinker of Greensburg, Julie Pumphrey of Columbus, Indiana, Rosemary Cook of Batesville; brother Louis Kinker of Greensburg; 25 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren with two more on the way. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Virginia Heck, Margaret Mollaun, Leona Moeller; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.Visitation is Tuesday, September 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th, at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Enochsburg with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Head Coach Gary Alexander says that while the energy wasn’t particularly high in the game, players did their jobs effectively and hindered the Dawson Creek attack all night.“I thought we played really well defensively. We played our position well, we clogged up the middle, we collapsed well in front of the net when they had any chances,” he says. “We kept them to the outside all night long. I didn’t think we had the best energetic game but we did really play our positions well and that paid off.”The third line of Dayne Pedersen, Cole Calliou and Shawn Holliday were a spark plug for the Huskies all night. The Junior Canucks had issues all evening with the speed of the trio and were responsible for all three goals on the evening.- Advertisement -“They had a real good game. They clicked well together. Calliou was great digging out pucks. They had a really pretty little play where they popped that one goal in. Two out of the three goals for that line was a real bonus for us tonight.” Alexander states.Scoring in order for the Huskies were Dayne Pedersen, Cole Calliou, and Shawn Holliday.The win essentially clinches third place in the North West Junior Hockey League standings for the Huskies. The team needs one win in their final two games against either Beaverlodge or Slave Lake to officially put their stamp on the spot.Advertisement Next up for Fort St. John is a game tomorrow night as the team travels to Beaverlodge to take on the Blades. Faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.