JAY -- Green Mountain Power wants permission to install equipment that will boost the amount of electricity that its Lowell wind turbines can put out in the New England grid.
GMP, like other wind power generators, is seeing its wind capacity curtailed by ISO-New England, which runs the New England electricity grid.
On Tuesday, Lowell wind operators noted that three of the 21 turbines were not producing electricity because of the curtailment by ISO-New England. Lowell wind was producing 15 megawatts of electricity, 40 megawatts less than the capacity at the time Tuesday afternoon.
That concerned the chair of the governor's Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, on a tour of the wind project.
GMP officials said that the Lowell wind project will be able to put out much more electricity into the grid with the addition of a synchronous condenser, valued at $10.5 million.
GMP is asking utility regulators on the Vermont Public Service Board to approve the plan to add the condenser and associated upgrades including a transformer to the Jay Peak switching station in Jay.
The proposed synchronous condenser yard at the substation in Jay will be surrounded by an eight-foot high fence. The existing yard expansion to accommodate the synchronous condenser and associated equipment is approximately 90 by 70 feet.