Canadian power brokers look to transmit electricity to points south

Hydro Quebec headquarters in Montreal. Photo by Adam Fagen.

So far, all parties deny any plans for transmission development other than business-as-usual grid updates for reliability.

Vermont solar farm opening generates positive energy from community, state leaders

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland

Located in South Burlington, the twenty-five acre solar farm will reportedly harvest 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes.

Tea partiers demand answers on single-payer financing

Ethan Allen Institue President John McClaughry. Courtesy photo

Rutland City Treasurer Wendy Wilton came up with a projection model that challenges the numbers the Legislature used as it developed Act 48. In a best-case scenario, she argues, Green Mountain Care will run a $123 million dollar deficit in the first year.

Gaz Metro, owner of Green Mountain Power, part of large international energy conglomerates

Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell. VTD/Josh Larkin

Though Green Mountain Power has its own somewhat independent management structure, the company is part of a complicated family tree of multi-national holding companies that have global reach.

Biomass: A sustainable, but “never carbon neutral” resource

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“There is a conventional wisdom in the region that wood is abundant and cheap,” said Bob De Geus, a forester for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. “There is a lot of indication that it is neither.”

Vermont farmers debilitated by floods hope for federal relief

Martin Kemple looks over flooded fields at Foodworks at Two Rivers Farm in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin

Bob Paquin says federal aid is already coming in, and he expects the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare some or all of Vermont an agricultural disaster area shortly.

Draft horses bring fiber optics to remote locations

For over three decades Claude Desmarais has been laying line with draft horses like Fred. VTD/Eric Blokland

Without Fred pulling his weight in fiber optic cable FairPoint would be hard-pressed to meet its 2013 goal, set by Gov. Peter Shumlin, to bring Internet to every home in the state.

State to use “crowd-sourcing” to identify telecommunications dead zones

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is asking the public to help his administration find dead zones in the state’s broadband coverage.

Vermont could lose health care incentives under Ryan budget

Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Leahy, Sanders spokesmen say bill likely to be defeated in the Senate

Report: Housing costs in Vermont escalate, even in recession

Montpelier resident Nancy Smith said she was priced out of many apartments last fall and found herself touring "sub-livable" rentals when she moved to Vermont last fall Photo by Josh Larkin.

Federal budget cuts and expiring subsidies for Vermont renters exacerbate an already tenuous situation.

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