October 20, 2011 | Montpelier, VT — On Wednesday, October 26, Vermont will celebrate a banner day in advancing clean, sustainable, local energy production by marking the completed construction of two wind power projects.
First Wind will commission Sheffield Wind, a 40 megawatt (MW) wind facility which will produce enough electricity for the whole of Caledonia County. In nearby East Burke, Burke Mountain Ski Area will celebrate its new wind turbine, manufactured by Barre-based Northern Power Systems. The Northwind 100 turbine at Burke is expected to produce close to 20% of the ski resort’s power needs. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is slated to speak at both ribbon cutting events.
“Across the state, Vermonters embrace a clean energy future that creates local jobs, keeps Vermonters’ money working in our state, and creates a future for our children that we are proud of,” says Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV). “Vermont leads the nation in many ways with our progressive approach to a clean energy economy, and this Wednesday we celebrate new, clean Vermont-made energy.”
The Sheffield Wind Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be located at 1868 New Duck Pond Road in Sheffield, VT. The dedication and speaking portion of the event will begin promptly at 11:00am.
Burke Mountain Ski Area will celebrate its new wind turbine at a Grand Opening Ceremony at the summit of Burke Mountain at 3:30pm. The ski area is located at 223 Sherburne Lodge Road in East Burke, VT.
About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.revermont.org
REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.
For more information contact:
Scott Merriam, Program Manager, Renewable Energy Vermont (REV)
(802) 229-0099 office; (802) 595-3517 mobile