Wind power in Vermont

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The locations of Vermont wind farms
East Haven
East Haven
Eden Wind
Eden Wind
Georgia Mountain
Georgia Mountain
Grandpa's Knob
Grandpa's Knob
Ricker Mountain
Ricker Mountain
Wind power projects in Vermont
  Wind Turbine.svg Operating
  Purple pog.svg Proposed
1941 wind turbine on Grandpa's Knob
Vermont wind resources

As of 2016, Wind power in Vermont consists of 119 megawatts (MW) of operational wind farms, responsible for 15.4% of in-state electricity generation.[1] Together these wind projects would meet the electrical needs of approximately 56,000 average Vermont households (approximately the size of Windsor County).[2]

The first megawatt turbine in the world was installed at Grandpa's Knob, in Vermont, in 1941.[3]

Operating and under construction[edit]

Name Capacity
Deerfield 30 Bennington County Online since Jan 2018
East Haven 7.5 Essex County Proposed
Eden Wind 15 Lamoille County Proposed
Georgia Mountain 10 Chittenden County
Franklin County
Grandpa's Knob 45 Rutland County Proposed
Grandview Farm 2.2 Orleans County Proposed
Kingdom Community 63 Orleans County Operating
Ricker Mountain 4 Chittenden County Proposed
Searsburg   6 Bennington County Operating
Sheffield 40 Caledonia County Operating
Total: 192.7  

The 6 MW Searsburg Wind Farm has operated since 1997. The 550-kilowatt turbines provide enough electricity to meet the needs of 1,600 average Vermont households.[2]

Sheffield Wind Farm is a 40 MW wind farm operating in Sheffield owned by First Wind.[4]

The 63 MW Kingdom Community Wind Farm is operational on Lowell Mountains ridge in Lowell, owned by Green Mountain Power (GMP) and Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC).[5] Costing $156 million,[6] the 21-turbine project began construction in September 2011, with completion expected by the end of 2012.[7][8]

Georgia Mountain Community Wind Project is a 4-turbine, 10-megawatt wind project on Georgia Mountain in the towns of Georgia and Milton.[9] It is owned by a Vermont family and the power is being sold to the Burlington Electric Department.[10] It was completed in December 2012. The project’s 4 wind turbines will provide enough electricity to meet the needs of 4,200 average Vermont households.[2]


Wind Generation (GWh)[11][12]
2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004
323 311 236 107 33.0 13.9 11.6 10.2 10.5 10.7 11.5 11.4


The 30 MW Deerfield Wind Project is located in Searsburg and Readsboro, and will include 15 turbines and provide enough electricity to meet the needs of 13,000 average Vermont households. Approximately 250 jobs will be created during construction and 9 permanent jobs. The project is expected to contribute $10 million in state Education Fund revenues over its 20-year life.[2]

Small wind turbines[edit]

Several 100 kW wind turbines manufactured by a Vermont company have been installed or planned at locations in the state, including Heritage Aviation, Bolton Ski Area, Dynapower, Rock of Ages, Burke Mountain, and the Lake Champlain Ferry at South Hero. Smaller wind turbines for residential use are also located throughout Vermont.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vermont Wind Energy" (PDF). U.S. Wind Energy State Facts. American Wind Energy Association. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e NRG Systems. "Wind in Vermont".
  3. ^ Wind Energy Systems
  4. ^ "Welcome to Sheffield Wind". First Wind. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Kingdom Community Wind". Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  6. ^ Gram, Dave (September 29, 2011). "Anti-wind occupation begins on Vt. Lowell Mountain". Associated Press (AP). Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Construction begins on 63MW wind farm in Vermont". September 12, 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  8. ^ Smith, Robin (October 4, 2011). "Lowell Wind Road Construction Continues". Orleans County Record. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Where Are We?". Georgia Mountain Community Wind. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  10. ^ "What Are We?". Georgia Mountain Community Wind. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Generation Annual". U.S. Department of Energy. July 10, 2012. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  12. ^ "EIA Electricity Data Browser". U.S. Department of Energy. Retrieved October 16, 2016.

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