LOWELL — Vermont’s largest power company says its Lowell Mountain wind farm has been able to ship more power because of an upgrade of a nearby power line.
Green Mountain Power officials said Friday that power generation at it Kingdom Community Wind facility in Lowell had increased dramatically following improvements on the line between Irasburg and Johnson.
The utility says it will be installing another piece of equipment in Jay this winter — a synchronous condenser — to boost the power output from Lowell Mountain further.
The company says the changes should enable the project to generate 63 megawatts during favorable wind conditions.
The upgrades follow periods in recent months when the facility was ordered by the regional power dispatch agency ISO New England to reduce its output in response to constraints on the transmission system.
“We have always believed that this wind resource would provide a clean, cost-effective energy resource for Vermonters, and this upgrade is helping us achieve that goal,” said GMP spokesman Dorothy Schnure.MORE IN Vermont News
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