Sheffield Wind Project opens a new clean energy chapter in Vermont

The completion of the Sheffield Wind Project, which will provide enough electricity to power 15,000 homes, marks a major step toward the kind of clean energy future that most Vermonters support, according to the state’s largest environmental and consumer advocacy group.

“The Sheffield Wind Project effectively puts Vermont back in the game when it comes to the development of local wind energy resources,” said Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

“We’ve spoken with tens of thousands of Vermonters from one end our state to the other, and we’ve found extraordinary support for the development of local clean energy resources including, wind, solar and small hydro projects.  Most people understand that as long as we’re using energy, we have an obligation to produce it as well.  And if we’re going to produce it, we should do so in the cleanest way possible.”

“Make no mistake,” Burns added, “Wind power is not only good for our economy, it’s good for our environment too.”

“There will always be some folks who can’t stand the sight of a wind farm.  But the vast majority of Vermonters understand that local wind projects are far, far cleaner than fossil fuels or the notoriously leaky Vermont Yankee nuclear plant,” Burns concluded.