The Vermont Public Service Board on Thursday approved one of the largest wind power generating facilities in Vermont. The PSB issued a certificate of public good to Deerfield Wind LLC authorizing it to construct and operate a 15-turbine, 30-megawatt wind generation facility, and associated transmission and interconnection facilities, on approximately 80 acres in the Green Mountain National Forest, located in Searsburg and Readsboro. Seven turbines are to be placed on the east side of Route 8 on the same ridgeline as the existing Green Mountain Power Searsburg wind facility and eight turbines built along the ridgeline to the west of Route 8 in the northwesterly orientation.GMP’s Searsburg site is still the only commercially operating wind farm in Vermont. The eleven, 550-kilowatt wind turbines (6-megawatt) can provide enough electricity to supply 1,600 average Vermont households. It went online in July 1997.The new Searsburg project is the second large-scale wind project approved in the last two years. Vermont Wind LLC, a subsidiary of First Wind from Newton, MA, was granted a Certificate of Public Good by the Public Service Board in 2007 for a 40-megawatt project in Sheffield.The official order from the PSB is attached. AttachmentSize Wind Farm.pdf57.2 KB
Brandon A. “Tate” Williams, age 37 of Batesville, died Tuesday, March 6, 2017 at his home. Born September 18, 1979 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, he is the son of Debi (Nee: Eisert) and Gary Williams. He was a delivery person for a local business.Many will remember seeing Tate in his Bengals Toboggan. In addition to being an avid Bengals fan, he was also a huge Reds and I.U. Basketball fan. He enjoyed music, especially country and oldies from the 60’s. Tate also watched a lot of T.V. and his parents teased that he was the fastest remote flipper who could go through batteries faster than anyone.He is survived by his parents, Gary and Debi; brother Ryan, all of Batesville as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Tate’s wishes were to be cremated. The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Friday, March 10th, at the Weigel Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.