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July 13, 2011

GMP Hosted Local Jobs Fair in Lowell

Newport Jobs Fair planned for next week

Lowell, VT – Green Mountain Power (GMP) hosted the first of two Jobs Fairs in the Kingdom last evening at the Lowell Fire Department in conjunction with the Kingdom Community Wind (KCW) project.  About 60 people from the area came to learn about job openings.  GMP’s General Contractor, Reed & Reed, along with three newly hired, Vermont-based contractors were on site to speak with attendees.

Three Vermont-based contractors were recently selected to provide services for the construction phase of Kingdom Community Wind.  J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center has been selected for the site preparation and road work and is seeking equipment operators and laborers. Bates & Murray Electrical Contractors of Barre will be doing the underground electrical work on the project and is taking applications as well.  Maine Drilling & Blasting, which has an office in Barre, has also been selected to work on the KCW project and is looking for driller trainees and laborers.

“As we get closer to construction, we are excited to begin talking with local residents about the job opportunities available as a result of the renewable wind project in Lowell,” said Rebecca Towne, Administration Manager at Green Mountain Power.  “We are committed to employing as many Vermonters and Vermont companies as possible, including those who have already been hired.”

To date GMP has employed 18 other Vermont-based businesses during the permitting and planning phase of the project, including the following:

“Supporting local jobs is one of the many benefits that Kingdom Community Wind brings to Orleans County and throughout northern Vermont. Local property taxes, the Good Neighbor Fund, Education tax payments, and renewable energy at a great price are others, ” added Towne.

Green Mountain Power and Reed & Reed will host a second Jobs Fair at North Country Union High School on Tuesday, July 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

About Kingdom Community Wind
Kingdom Community Wind is a local renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont.  It will produce 63 MW of electricity for customers of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Cooperative members.  The project received a certificate of public good from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May and construction is expected to commence in August of this year.  GMP expects KCW to be operational by the end of 2012.

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power ( generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.

Contact: Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, (802) 655-8418

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