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State mapping wind farm sites

COLCHESTER - The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin is in the process of producing a map of Vermont that will highlight the best and worst places to locate wind power projects.

The Agency of Natural Resources is using a $100,000 grant from the Clean Energy Development Fund to identify the parts of the state that are suitable and not suitable for wind energy projects. Secretary Deb Markowitz said the goal is to provide wind developers with important information at the early planning stages so that changes can be considered before the project is too far along. But state Rep. Tony Klein of East Montpelier, the chairman of the legislature's House Natural Resources committee, told reporters that the agency's mission is to protect Vermont's natural resources, not help developers get permits.

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