GMP sees bigger fine for wind project transportation violations

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Vermont energy regulators smacked Green Mountain Power with a $30,000 fine for violations associated with a wind turbine shipping and transportation plan for the state's Kingdom Community Wind project.

This week's Order by Vermont Public Service Board quadruples the original $7,500 fine levied against GMP, the state's largest utility. The original plan stipulated that GMP would meet with town officials and first responders along the route at least 30 days in advance -- a promise the PSB found it did not keep.

"The violations at issue are a serious concern — a fact that is reflected in the magnitude of the fine we have assessed against GMP, who acknowledges that this proceeding 'has strongly reiterated the importance of flawless compliance, and GMP will continue to use lessons learned to achieve this goal,'" according to the Order.

GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure said that the utility disagrees with the increased fine.

"We had a permit. We used the route for five days due to an administrative error on our part before we had completed all technical notifications and actions," Schnure told Vermont Public Radio.

The Kingdom Community Wind project includes approximately 20 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity between 1.5 and 3MW.

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-see the PSB Order

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