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Deerfield Wind Power Project

Project Information
Renewable Energy

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is authorized to issue Special Use Permits (SUP) to individuals and businesses for certain uses and activities. The Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) accepted a formal application in November of 2004 to construct and operate a wind energy facility on the Green Mountain National Forest near the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro, adjacent to the Searsburg Wind Facility located on private land and operated by Green Mountain Power Company. If a SUP were to be issued, this would be the first commercial scale wind energy project on national forest system lands. The wind generation facility being proposed by Deerfield Wind LLC would consist of 15 two-megawatt turbines and associated infrastructure. For projects of this magnitude, the USDA Forest Service is required to work through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process which includes in-depth analysis, scientific studies and public participation. NEPA documents for the Deerfield Wind proposal can be found here:

Reviews, Approvals and Permits

Title Responsible Agency Responsible Agency POC Target Completion Date Status
Construction Permit John Sinclair
Briefing Schedule for Court Action Colleen Madrid 8/21/2013 Complete
Supplemental Information Report (SIR) Colleen Madrid 6/27/2013 Complete
Litigation Colleen Madrid 1/22/2013 Complete
Appeal Disposition Thomas Doane 4/08/2012 Complete
Public Appeal Period Thomas Doane 2/23/2012 Complete
Record of Decision (ROD) Mailing / Notice of Availability / Legal Notice Thomas Doane 1/08/2012 Complete
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) / Record of Decision (ROD) Thomas Doane 1/02/2012 Complete
Request for Special Use Permit Thomas Doane 4/08/2012 Complete
Supplemental Information Report (SIR) Colleen Madrid 6/27/2013 In Progress