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Kingdom Community Wind Wraps Up Third Successful Summer Tour Season

01 September 2015

More Than 1,100 People Visited the Wind Farm
 
COLCHESTER, VT… For the third summer, GMP offered public tours of Kingdom 
Community Wind (KCW), the 21-turbine wind farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, 
allowing Vermonters and out-of-state visitors alike to experience a working wind 
operation. This year more than 1,100 people visited the site, including 200 elementary 
and high school students, and people from all over New England and other parts of the 
country.
 
Visitors were appreciative of the unique opportunity to see the project up close and 
learn how wind energy is generated. Many praised the wind farm, with comments like: 
“It’s for the better of all. They are conscientious about the terrain, landscape, habitat, 
wildlife…,” and “We like the clean energy generation and the efforts GMP has 
undertaken to minimize the environmental impact.” 
 
GMP says that it plans to continue offering the tours. Nearly every tour was booked to 
capacity, and the company wants to give more Vermonters and visitors the chance to 
see the project. Local merchants say they’ve seen a boost in business on tour days with 
hundreds coming to town stopping at local stores and restaurants.
 
“GMP is thrilled to deliver on its commitment to customers and the community, and 
share it with the more than 1,100 people who toured the site,” said Dorothy Schnure, 
Corporate Spokesperson. “The tours are also becoming an important part of summer 
tourism in the region, helping boost the bottom line of local businesses.”
 
The project itself is strongly supported by the community. In two town votes the 
residents have supported the wind project with the latest vote showing 80% support.
“These tours are a great way for GMP to show more people just how these things 
work,” said Richard Pion, Chair of the Lowell Selectboard. “At any given tour, we still 
have townspeople who haven’t seen the project yet who get to take part in learning 
more about the project in their hometown. Plus we see lots of folks from neighboring 
towns and across the region coming to take part. It’s a really nice way to showcase our 
town and we’re glad GMP takes the time to do these tours.”
 
Power from KCW continues to offset the high peak prices in the marketplace for 
Vermonters and generate more power than expected. The wind plant has generated six 
percent above expected generation for this fiscal year, which began October 1, 2014. 
Projects like this are helping keep rates cost-effective for Vermonters. GMP customers 
will see three bill decreases in the last four years, with the latest decrease taking effect 
October 1.   The weekly tours are conducted during June, July and August and will 
resume next June. Registration is required as space is limited and will be available on 
GMP’s website starting next May.
 
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About Green Mountain Power Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 
265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best 
small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and 
transform communities.  GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the 
needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy 
and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power 
in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting 
rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and 
committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar 
Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP 
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 Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power, 802-655-8418