A lobbying and communications firm that works with a high-profile wind developer in Vermont has formed a wind energy advocacy group.
Alexandra MacLean registered Wind Works VT with the Vermont secretary of state July 26, according to the secretary of state's website.
MacLean would not disclose the group's financial backers.
Her employer, KSE Partners, lobbies for Spanish wind-turbine giant Iberdrola Renewables. The Spanish company paid KSE more than $31,000 in 2014 and nearly $25,000 in the 2015-16 biennium, according to secretary of state databases
MacLean said the purpose of the group would be to provide information about the benefits of wind power and counter arguments by opponents.
She is president of strategic communications at the Montpelier-based KSE Partners. She previously worked for Gov. Peter Shumlin as deputy chief of staff and secretary of civil and military affairs and ran his 2010 and 2012 campaigns. She also oversaw investor recruitment for projects led by Jay Peak developer Bill Stenger under the EB-5 visa program.
MacLean said she was committed to "respecting the privacy" of the entities financially involved. She would not say whether Iberdrola was one of the contributors.
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