Vermont utility Burlington Electric Department (BED) says it has started to receive power from First Wind's Sheffield wind project.
Of the 40 MW the Sheffield project will produce, BED has contracted for 16 MW, representing 13% of BED's total energy needs. The Georgia Mountain wind project, which has been approved and is expected to be operational in 2013, will provide 9% of BED's power mix.
Another project, which is still being negotiated, is expected to produce electricity by 2014. If all goes according to plan, at that point, BED will achieve its goal of producing 100% of its electricity from alternative energy sources, receiving one-third of its power from hydro projects, one-third from the McNeil biomass plant and one-third from the three wind projects.