• Shumlin Hands over VT National Forest to Corrupt Foreign Company While Literally Giving the Finger to VT Residents

    Shumlin Hands over VT National Forest to Corrupt Foreign Company While Literally Giving the Finger to VT Residents

    No, you did not read that headline incorrectly. On Monday, September 19, 2016, VT Governor Peter Shumlin flipped the bird to VT residents who were assembled on park grounds, as Shumlin sped past in his SUV to join corrupt foreign multinational Iberdrola / Avangrid in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $80 million Deerfield Wind project, the first ever commercial wind project to be built in a national forest. Iberdrola / Avanngrid, who faces no less than five recent cases of fraud and corruption around the world, millions of dollars in fines, tens of millions in proposed fines, and a worldwide ban on World Bank financing, is the same company who has partnered with New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands to install 28 other unneeded turbines, also on Vermont land, at Stiles Brook Forest.

  • Grafton to screen award-winning documentary, “Windfall”

    Grafton to screen award-winning documentary, “Windfall”

    NY-Times-acclaimed "Windfall" documents the experience of a small rural town in upstate New York impacted by industrial scale wind. Friday, July 1, 6:30pm, at the White Church in Grafton, 55 Main Street. Free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

  • Windham Asks Iberdrola to Suspend Wind Project “Immediately”

    Windham Asks Iberdrola to Suspend Wind Project “Immediately”

    The Selectboard letter to Spain-based Iberdrola (aka Avangrid) states: “From the perspective of the Selectboard and Planning Commission of the Town of Windham, the Stiles Brook Forest, sixty percent of which lies within our town, is not appropriate for your proposed industrial wind installation. The Windham Town Plan expressly forbids industrial wind and is based on years of careful study." The letter concludes: "We ask that you suspend your involvement with this project immediately. We will also propose to the land owner, Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd., that they engage the town in discussion that could lead to the town's acquisition of the property, so that it might be preserved for the good of us all, as opposed to its being utilized to enrich parties with no concern for our town, our region, and our people."

  • Author Mitch Frankenberg: An Evening of Twists, Turns, and  Industrial Wind

    Author Mitch Frankenberg: An Evening of Twists, Turns, and Industrial Wind

    On Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.at the Grafton Elementary School, Mitch Frankenberg, a member of the West Rutland Select Board and author of the new book, “Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads: A Declaration of Independence, Empathy and Self-Control” will speak about why Vermont and land throughout the world is targeted for large-scale build-outs of wind, solar and gas and why as citizens we need to pay attention. Frankenberg says: “Iberdrola is one of the world’s richest holding companies, and it is a corporation that trades on the Madrid Stock Exchange. By creating subsidiaries in America such as New England Wind LLC and New York State Electric and Gas Co, Iberdrola, has received more than $2.2 billion in free welfare money that was paid for by you, me and millions of American taxpayers.”

Shumlin Hands over VT National Forest to Corrupt Foreign Company While Literally Giving the Finger to VT Residents

September 20th, 2016|

No, you did not read that headline incorrectly. On Monday, September 19, 2016, VT Governor Peter Shumlin flipped the bird to VT residents who were assembled on park grounds, as Shumlin sped past in his SUV to join corrupt foreign multinational Iberdrola / Avangrid in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $80 million Deerfield Wind project, the first ever commercial wind project to be built in a national forest. Iberdrola / Avanngrid, who faces no less than five recent cases of fraud and corruption around the world, millions of dollars in fines, tens of millions in proposed fines, and a worldwide ban on World Bank financing, is the same company who has partnered with New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands to install 28 other unneeded turbines, also on Vermont land, at Stiles Brook Forest.

Grafton to screen award-winning documentary, “Windfall”

June 24th, 2016|

NY-Times-acclaimed "Windfall" documents the experience of a small rural town in upstate New York impacted by industrial scale wind. Friday, July 1, 6:30pm, at the White Church in Grafton, 55 Main Street. Free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Windham Asks Iberdrola to Suspend Wind Project “Immediately”

June 22nd, 2016|

The Selectboard letter to Spain-based Iberdrola (aka Avangrid) states: “From the perspective of the Selectboard and Planning Commission of the Town of Windham, the Stiles Brook Forest, sixty percent of which lies within our town, is not appropriate for your proposed industrial wind installation. The Windham Town Plan expressly forbids industrial wind and is based on years of careful study." The letter concludes: "We ask that you suspend your involvement with this project immediately. We will also propose to the land owner, Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd., that they engage the town in discussion that could lead to the town's acquisition of the property, so that it might be preserved for the good of us all, as opposed to its being utilized to enrich parties with no concern for our town, our region, and our people."

Author Mitch Frankenberg: An Evening of Twists, Turns, and Industrial Wind

June 1st, 2016|

On Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.at the Grafton Elementary School, Mitch Frankenberg, a member of the West Rutland Select Board and author of the new book, “Twists, Turns, and Yellow Brick Roads: A Declaration of Independence, Empathy and Self-Control” will speak about why Vermont and land throughout the world is targeted for large-scale build-outs of wind, solar and gas and why as citizens we need to pay attention. Frankenberg says: “Iberdrola is one of the world’s richest holding companies, and it is a corporation that trades on the Madrid Stock Exchange. By creating subsidiaries in America such as New England Wind LLC and New York State Electric and Gas Co, Iberdrola, has received more than $2.2 billion in free welfare money that was paid for by you, me and millions of American taxpayers.”

Agency of Natural Resources has betrayed its mission to protect Vermont

March 23rd, 2016|

GRAFTON, VT — On Friday, March 18, before an audience of more than 100, Geoffrey Goll, P.E., environmental engineer and vice-president of Princeton Hydro, described the failure of Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources to protect the public from potential damage caused by ridgeline wind installation.

GWG Program features Geoffrey Goll on the Impacts of Ridgeline Wind Development on Vermont’s Water Resources

March 12th, 2016|

GWG presents Geoffrey Goll of Princeton Hydro, who will discuss the Saxtons River watershed and the potential impact of industrial wind. The focus will be based on his direct relevant experience with other wind projects and the impacts of Vermont’s high elevation headwater sources of water for people and the ecology. Goll will highlight the extreme difficulty of controlling storm water runoff from high-impact, high-elevation construction sites. He will describe the risks associated with the permit conditions, lack of enforcement, and the downstream troubles imparted by such projects – including increased flooding, stream bank erosion, and sedimentation on culverts, bridges, and impacts on downstream communities.

Dr. Sandy Reider to speak in Grafton on health effects of wind turbines

February 17th, 2016|

Dr. Sandy Reider, MD, general practitioner and primary care doctor in Lyndonville, VT will discuss the health effects of wind turbine noise on Friday, February 19 in the Homestead Room, Grafton Inn at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Reider’s presentation is based on a variety of in-depth, worldwide studies as well as personal interaction with his patients who have experienced adverse health effects while living near industrial wind turbines. Dr. Reider, who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1971, testified on January 31, 2013 before the Vermont Senate and Natural Resources Committee, stating, “I believe the acoustic trauma caused by large wind turbines is real and significant.”

Friends of Windham Newsletter #5

February 17th, 2016|

The new issue of the Friends of Windham Newsletter explores the practicalities, policies, and politics of industrial-scale wind: why Grafton and Windham and VT in general are inappropriate for wind; the policies that have brought us our current situation; and the politics of trying to gain control of our futures as towns.

Iberdrola, fined $27M for market manipulation, lodges appeal

January 23rd, 2016|

With five recent cases of fraud and corruption around the world, millions of dollars in fines, tens of millions in proposed fines, and a worldwide ban on World Bank financing, multinational Iberdrola is appealing its $27-million fine from Spain's National Markets and Competition Commission. Only time will tell if Vermont lawmakers will decide that they want nothing to do with the corrupt company, or with New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands, who together have proposed to install 28 unneeded turbines on Vermont land, at Stiles Brook Forest.

Vermont lawmakers want to ban industrial wind energy

January 23rd, 2016|

Industrial wind projects -- such as the Stiles Brook Forest turbines proposed by corrupt multinational Iberdrola (Avangrid) and New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands -- are now facing opposition not only from environmentalists and communities, but from lawmakers from all across Vermont. Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate want to ban any future industrial wind projects. Sen. John Rodgers, D-Essex-Orleans, introduced a bill on the first day of the session earlier this month. Rep. Vicki Strong, R-Irasburg, introduced another on Wednesday.

Now synonymous with fraud and corruption, Iberdrola changes name of its US holding company to “Avangrid”

January 23rd, 2016|

At the center of five recent cases of fraud and corruption around the world, the Spanish and Arab-owned Iberdrola seeks to distance itself from its own name. How long until the New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands is forced to do the same?

Grafton taxpayers (all of them) demand to be heard on issue of Industrial Wind

January 23rd, 2016|

Non-residents, who shoulder 60% of the taxes in Grafton, VT, are asking to have their voices counted in the local outcry against Spanish and Arab-owned Iberdrola's ongoing campaign to ram 28 turbines into Stiles Brook Forest. The irony, of course, is that so-called non-residents have no voting power, while corrupt foreign multinationals such as Iberdrola, together with out-of-state landowners such as the New-Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands, are routinely given carte blanche to install unnecessary (and highly destructive) industrial wind projects on Vermont land and then sell the power to other states.

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