Green Mountain Power could face fines
for noise violations at its Kingdom Community Wind farm.
The turbines atop Lowell Mountain have
been tested three times since the project went online. The first tests last
fall and winter showed sound levels slightly exceeded permitted levels for
about four hours. GMP blames the violations on a buildup of snow and ice on the
turbine blades. GMP says it now has a plan to prevent that buildup.
Nonetheless, the company faces a
hearing before the Public Service Board next month with the possibility of
financial penalties for the excessive noise.