Vermont’s two electric cooperatives were front and center at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for the state’s largest wind farm to be built in more than a decade.
Washington Electric Cooperative and Vermont Electric Cooperative are buying 60 percent of the output from the 40-megawatt farm, which officially opened Oct. 26 in Sheffield.
The mountaintop ceremony attracted Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, lawmakers, town officials and staff and directors from both co-ops.
The dedication of the $90 million, 16-turbine Sheffield Wind Project comes after an eight-year planning and building process marked by local opposition, design changes and legal challenges.