Vermont's Burlington Electric Dept. begins to receive electricity from wind farm in Sheffield; department to buy 16 MW from project, which has a capacity of generating 40 MW

BURLINGTON, Vermont , October 25, 2011 () – Vermont's Burlington Electric Department says it has begun to receive electricity generated from a wind farm in Sheffield.

Officials at the municipal electric department that serves the state's largest city say they have contracted to buy 16 megawatts from the Sheffield project, which has a capacity of generating 40 megawatts.

Burlington Electric says the Sheffield project will help it move toward its goal of providing 100 percent renewable energy.

Sheffield will provide Burlington Electric with 13 percent of its total energy needs.

Another project in the town of Georgia, due to be online in 2013, will provide another 9 percent.

The utility's goal is to get a third of its power from Hydro-Quebec, another third from a wood burning power plant in Burlington and a third from wind power.

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