Green Mountain Power (GMP) has announced the results of a customer survey indicating strong support for wind power among Vermont business leaders.
The survey sought customers' feedback on a variety of issues, including Vermont's current energy picture, energy challenges facing the state in the next few years, the business and economic climate, Vermont Yankee and wind and solar power.
Most significant among the findings was respondents' support for wind energy in the state, and specifically for GMP's plans to build, own and operate a wind plant in northern Vermont.
GMP, in partnership with Vermont Electric Cooperative, has proposed a wind farm on a mountain ridge in Lowell, Vt., consisting of 16 to 24 wind turbines. The project has the potential to meet the annual electrical needs of approximately 20,000 average households in Vermont, GMP says.
The survey found that 68% strongly support GMP's plans to build, own and operate the wind farm. When asked why they support it, customers said they believed this type of energy should be explored, has no adverse environmental impact and is a good alternative in the energy mix.
The survey was conducted by RKS Research & Consulting of Brewster, N.Y., a marketing research and opinion polling firm.
SOURCE: Green Mountain Power