Shumlin "Disappointed" Over Energy Decision

Shumlin "Disappointed" Over Energy Decision

Renewable energy has been made a priority in Vermont, but at the peak of July’s heat a few weeks ago Green Mountain Power was forced to cut production at its wind farm in Lowell.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Renewable energy has been made a priority in Vermont, but at the peak of July’s heat a few weeks ago Green Mountain Power was forced to cut production at its wind farm in Lowell. Governor Peter Shumlin chimed in on the issue today expressing discontent that dirty, non-renewable energy was called upon at a time of high demand.

ISO New England, the regional grid operator, told Green Mountain Power to cut production at its Lowell wind farm on July 19.

Meanwhile, Green Mountain Power was told to rev up several jet-fuel and diesel powered generators.

The use of dirty, costly non-renewable resources over clean energy driven by the sun and wind has the state concerned.

Darren Springer, the Deputy Commissioner of the Public Service Department says, "not permitting some of these resources to fully operate is something that's not going to be consistent with the state energy plan."

ISO New England defended the move, saying the project is missing a key piece of connection equipment. Without that, reliability could not be guaranteed. And that's the priority.

Springer says, "they've said that until Green Mountain Power puts in a synchronous condenser into that project they're not going to allow the project to operate at full output and that’s going forward- that's going to happen this fall."

Until then, similar situations may arise.

In a letter to ISO New England, Governor Peter Shumlin said he's "disappointed" by the fact that clean energies were bypassed for dirtier, non renewable resources.

In part, the Governor said “I urge ISO-NE to consider whether its planning assumptions used for approval of projects align well with its operation assumptions, and whether it could do more to integrate and fully utilize renewable resources into its grid operations, including during times of peak demand where use of other more expensive and dirtier resources may be avoided.

Green Mountain Power appreciates the Governor’s stance. It too hopes ISO New England can work to successfully incorporate more renewables into the grid. ISO New England says it’s drafting a formal response to the Governor's letter.
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