Vermont utility regulator approves plan for Green Mountain Power to protect 17.5 acres of upper elevation wetlands in exchange for each acre it will fill in, alter during construction of its 21-turbine Lowell Mountain wind farm

MONTPELIER, Vermont , August 10, 2011 () – Vermont's second largest electric utility is another step closer to begin construction on a plan to erect 21 wind turbines on Lowell Mountain.

The Public Service Board has signed off on plan to have Green Mountain Power protect 17.5 acres of upper elevation wetlands in exchange for each acre that will be filled in or altered during construction of the wind project.

GMP spokeswoman Dorothy Schnure says the utility is close to getting all the approvals it needs. Some storm water and water quality permits from the Agency of Natural Resources are still outstanding.

Vermont Public Radio says the board's approval came after the company's landowner-partner did some unauthorized work on the mountain and by building a logging road and filling in part of a nearby wetland.

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