Green Mountain Power has filed with Vermont state regulators for permission to build a second wind generating plant, up to 63MW, in Lowell, Vermont.

The project as proposed will include up to 21 turbines on 3.2 miles of ridgeline on Lowell Mountain. Green Mountain Power, Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) and VELCO are working together on the project.

The wind project is expected to generate enough electricity for approximately 20,000 homes, or 6% to 8% of Green Mountain Power’s generation needs and 4% of VEC’s generation needs. It also includes upgrades to the existing transmission infrastructure and substations in the region.

Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, said: “This is an important step in our mission to provide our customers with cost-effective, low carbon power.

“We have found that investing in and building utility scale renewable energy projects is a solid way to provide our customers with low cost and low carbon electricity.”

David Hallquist, CEO of VEC, said: “Vermont Electric Cooperative customers have indicated they want local, renewable resources, and by working together with Green Mountain Power, we are able to provide those resources at cost with little financial risk to the members of VEC.”