John Herrick

John Herrick

John Herrick joined VTDigger in June 2013 as an intern working on the searchable campaign finance database and is now VTDigger's energy and environment reporter. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. He wrote for the Vermont Cynic, university’s student newspaper, before interning and later freelancing for the Burlington Free Press.

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    Vermont seeks details on Entergy’s finances

    The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn,

    State is concerned about safety measures and whether they will be paid for with decommissioning funds or by Entergy.

    House gives preliminary approval to renewable energy bill


    Measure to strengthen the state’s renewable energy policy clears first hurdle, but GOP plans to seek removal of a key component after the town meeting break.

    House OKs increase in penalty for removing land from current use

    Washington County Forester Russ Barrett said that generally, the amount of slash left on the site was not abnormal. "We will actually encourage people to leave a certain amount of slash," Barrett said. "Having it clean and neat is not as important as the erosion problems." Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

    Bill would put teeth in tax program that keeps working land out of development.

    State appeals decision on Vermont Yankee emergency monitoring

    The State of Vermont has appealed a decision by federal regulators Monday in an effort to keep in place real-time emergency monitoring at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The plant in Vernon went permanently offline Dec. 31 and Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, confirmed in January that all spent nuclear fuel […]

    Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge

    Adam Greshin

    Rep. Tony Klein said compromise was made to gain support for RESET program. “We took one for the team,” he said.

    Real cost of state’s renewable energy program unknown, economist says

    Economist Tom Kavet. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    Hard to predict factors include the fluctuating price of fuel oil and electric rates.

    This week in the Vermont Legislature Feb. 23-27

    Mitzi Johnson

    House Appropriations in the spotlight as it wrestles with a $112 million budget deficit.

    Residents seek assurance from feds on Vermont Yankee decommissioning

    Deb Katz Citizen Awareness Network

    Residents and state officials are worried that federal regulations are inadequate to hold the plant owner accountable if there is insufficient money to decommission the facility.

    House Fish & Wildlife sends out tough water quality bill

    David Deen

    Bill would put in place new pollution control measures for farms, existing development and roads, but includes fees and taxes that face opposition.

    Municipalities oppose water quality fees, request clean up money

    Lake Champlain algae bloom

    Towns are willing to pitch in to help clean up the state’s water bodies, but there must be some financial assistance.

    Vermonters should be ‘All In’ on water quality

    Tom Torti

    Politicians, business representatives, farmers and tourism officials say cleaning up Lake Champlain and other water bodies is everyone’s concern.

    Renewable energy makeover clears House committee

    A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    A proposed remake of the state’s renewable energy program cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday with broad support from a panel of lawmakers. After three weeks of deliberation, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee voted 10-1 to pass H.40, a bill requiring utilities to sell renewable power and incentivize fossil fuel consumption reductions by […]

    Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in Vermont

    electric cars

    If lawmakers don’t replace the current system this legislative biennium, electric rates could jump 6 percent statewide, and as high as 20 percent for Burlington customers, according to state officials.

    Changes in net-metering energy projects proposed

    Solar panels on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier make use of the state's net metering program. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Under the state’s revised renewable energy program, customers who want to retire energy credits for their solar projects would have to buy those credits from the utility.

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