Property owners vote against Vt wind projectThe Associated Press | January 15,2014FERDINAND — Property owners in five unincorporated towns and gores have voted against an industrial wind project on Seneca Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom town of Ferdinand.
Ballots were mailed to the property owners, including five in Canada, in November and had to be postmarked by mid-December.
The tally announced Monday night was 171 votes against the 20-turbine project, 107 for it and four abstentions, Vermont Public Radio reported. The votes were counted during a meeting of the board of governors of the Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County.
Project manager John Soininen, of Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, N.H., which proposed the project, said he was disappointed in the outcome.
“For now we recognize that there are local concerns, and in the end we hope that there is a viable project that can achieve local support and bring myriad benefits of wind energy to Ferdinand” and the Unified Towns and Gores, he said.
The Vermont Public Service Board has the final say on the project.
Opponents hope any plan to erect wind towers on Seneca Mountain is dead. Valerie Desmarais, a co-founder of Save Our Senecas, said if there is another proposal her group and two others would lobby fiercely against it.
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