Burke Mountain Ski Area,Governor Shumlin will be among several dignitaries to cut the ribbon at the First Wind, 40 megawatt Sheffield Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom on Wednesday October 26 at 11 am. The Sheffield project is Vermont’s first utility-scale wind energy project. The project will generate enough power for more than 14,000 Vermont homes, or nearly half of the homes in the Northeast Kingdom. The power generated by the project will be sold to Burlington Electric Department (BED), the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Inc (VEC) and the Washington Electric Cooperative, Inc. (WEC) under power purchase agreements.Later on the same day in nearby East Burke, Burke Mountain Ski Area will celebrate its new wind turbine, manufactured by Barre-based Northern Power Systems. The Northwind 100 turbine at Burke is expected to produce close to 20 percent of the ski resort’s power needs. Governor Shumlin is slated to speak at both ribbon cutting events. “Across the state, Vermonters embrace a clean energy future that creates local jobs, keeps Vermonters’ money working in our state, and creates a future for our children that we are proud of,” said Gabrielle Stebbins, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV). “Vermont leads the nation in many ways with our progressive approach to a clean energy economy, and this Wednesday we celebrate new, clean Vermont-made energy.” Burke Mountain Ski Area’s new wind turbine Grand Opening Ceremony will be held at the summit of Burke Mountain at 3:30 pm, October 26. The ski area is located at 223 Sherburne Lodge Road in East Burke. About First Wind First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 695 megawatts of power and projects under construction with the capacity to generate up to an additional 181 megawatts.