How about a Swanton woodlands, not a turbine park?

Saint Albans Messenger, October 3, 2015

What would happen if our legislatures examined our “renewable energy” goals and straW ined our “renewable energy” goals and strategically created a plan that encouraged local control? I believe that local planning boards as well as regionally planning boards could collaboratively work with the community, Agency of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife as well as the Public Service board at achieving our Vermont State “energy” goals and our national goals. This local collaborative approach would allow towns to research the most efficient “green” energy with the least amount of environmental impact while maintain the quality of life for our community including the animals, birds, and our water quality. The economic benefits as well as renewable energy credits would be kept locally within our community and state. We have been stewards’ of Vermont’s environment and this would allow us to continue in an ethical manner.

Alternative energy needs to be a collaborative effort and it needs to look at all facets such as reducing the emissions of fossil fuel and gas.

Conservation needs to become common practice as well as continuing research on the viability of alternative energy while protecting the health of our citizens.

Research and time is needed to create a systematic plan that unites community members and works to keep Vermont green on all fronts. This needs to be the priority. The priority does not need to be quickly erecting projects to meet a future goal without careful deliberation of how it will impact our state. It is time that we realize how special Vermont is and work together to keep it that way for future generations.

Large out of state corporations should not dictate what land is desecrated. Preserving our community, environment and our Green Mountain state can be achieved with careful planning in regards to “energy” projects. We should not sacrifice our Vermont environment for big corporation profits or out of state Reusable Energy Credits.

I believe RECs should be locally controlled with state oversight and expertise recommendations, upholding standards that puts our green environment number one.

Careful planning by the community will achieve responsible energy projects as the local supply dictates, and with the least impact on our community members. We can sustain our environment and utilize sustainable energy in a responsible manner with research, future innovations, and careful planning. Our legislature need to take a leap of faith and trust that the communities can work together to achieve our state “Renewable Energy Goals. Our community Energy Planning Boards would work with our agency standards for appropriate land use, protecting our health and the wealth of our environment.

I encourage Mr. Travis Belisle to become a part of our community in the systematic planning of renewable energy projects by becoming a part of this plan. I urge him to think about creating the Travis Belisle Woodlands area at the current Rocky Ridge sight. While he may not reap the same profits as his current project, his return would be leaving a responsible legacy not cement pads and decommissioned wind-turbines in a pristine wetland area. I believe he could find other spaces to have his energy projects when the time comes. Once a clear plan is created with “standards” that don’t infringe on the quality of life for our community members. Projects involving community involvement and transparency from inception would be a component of future energy plans. Our community can be strong and we can work together to maintain our green mountain state.

Sara Jane Luneau-Swan, Swanton

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