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 Gas pipeline buildout will be on time and on budget, despite delays

    Vermont Gas building

    *+-The company says it has spent $61.5 million on the pipeline, which now stretches 5 miles from Colchester to Williston. The project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016.

    Burlington Electric shuts down online payment system

    *+-Burlington Electric Department shut down its online payment system last week. A Reddit user discovered that utility customers’ passwords were stored on an internal database that was not adequately protected with encryption. Click2Gov, which is the online interface that allows customers to pay their bills online, had stored customers’ passwords in plain text. This was […]

    PSB chair opposes freeze on energy efficiency charge

    James Volz

    *+-The Public Service Board, a quasi-judicial regulatory body, approved a three-year budget for the state’s energy efficiency programs last year. Volz said the freeze would cut revenue for existing budgets.

    Solar developers seek to expand net metering

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

    *+-Advocates say the plan would help large customers, like businesses and schools, generate their own electricity.

    Attorney General adopts GMO labeling rules for Vermont food retailers

    Some products contain a voluntary label indicating they were produced without GMOs. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

    *+-Some retailers say Vermont’s GMO labeling requirement will impact a wider array of foods than originally anticipated, including deli salads, baked goods and jams.

    Proposal would change environmental permit process

    David Mears

    *+-Provision would make it more difficult for opponents of certain projects to raise objections during appeal, but aims would to address objections earlier in process.

    State report highlights shrinking forests

    Michael Snyder

    *+-Since 2007, the state has lost about 75,000 acres of forest. Housing development and rural sprawl are mostly to blame.

    Senate Natural Resources approves water quality bill

    Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, at a forum Tuesday in Randolph. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    *+-Plan raises $10.2 million for a new Clean Water Fund through permit and registration fees and a flat $25 annual tax on all property owners, known as a per parcel fee.

    Cohen leaving VBSR for Vermont Electric Co-op

    *+-Andrea Cohen, executive director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, will join Vermont Electric Cooperative as manager of government affairs and member relations at the end of the legislative session, the electric utility announced Monday. “Andrea brings a tremendous amount of talent and expertise. She has a proven record of converting big ideas into practical […]

    Senate votes to recognize man-made climate change

    Brian Campion

    *+-Senate votes 23-5 that climate change is real and that humans are mostly responsible. Opponents say the resolution is “meaningless.”

    Study shows carbon tax would grow state’s economy

    Carbon tax

    *+-A carbon tax would create 3,000 jobs, according to a new study. Critics say it would hurt the state’s economy.

    State says dam safety too often unchecked

    Montpelier No. 4 dam

    *+-The Department of Environmental Conservation wants to require registration, increase fees and bolster dam inspection program.

    Lawmakers bag bag tax

    Creative Commons photo

    *+-Retailers oppose mandate but environmental advocates say voluntary measures to reduce bag use aren’t working.

    Senate strikes down broader toxic chemical regulations

    Lt. Gov. Phil Scott in the Senate on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

    *+-Lt. Gov. Phil Scott broke a 15-15 deadlock by voting against tougher chemical safety requirements for children’s products.

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