MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The developer of a wind project that has been rejected by the Vermont Public Service Board says wind power has no future in Vermont right now.

“Wind power in Vermont is dead,” Matthew Rubin said in an interview on Vermont Public Radio Wednesday.

Rubin said his opinion was based on findings and decisions by the board and the administration of Gov. Jim Douglas, who has said he was opposed to industrial wind turbines on Vermont’s ridge lines.

“No developer will be able to succeed,” Rubin said. “You can’t go where you are not wanted.”

Rubin’s company had proposed placing wind turbines on top of a mountain on an old military base in East Haven.

The board rejected the project last month saying the developer had not provided enough information about the effects on migrating birds and bats.

Last month the Public Service Department said a proposal by UPC Wind to place 26 turbines could harm business at a boarding school and at a state park.

The Agency of Natural Resources also said UPC’s studies of birds and bats were insufficient.

Information from: WVPR-FM,

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