Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus writes about energy and the environment for VTDigger. He formerly covered Teton County and the state of Wyoming for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, in Jackson, Wyoming. He now lives in Waterbury. Polhamus studied at Southwestern Oregon Community College, University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College. His research has been commissioned on a variety of topics such as malnutrition and HIV, economic development, and Plato’s Phaedo. Polhamus hails originally from the state of Oregon.

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    Justices back forestry officials in tax fight with timber company

    The court, in deciding the company logged too much to qualify for a tax break based on the current use of its forestland, says the overcutting could prove costly.

    PSB to decide how energy siting changes will play out

    In a pair of meetings, the board will work out details of a pilot program meant to better locate renewable projects and will address a side effect of another program that it says makes energy more costly.

    UVM researcher’s work could provide salvation for bee species

    The rusty patched bumble bee is being considered for federal protection through the Endangered Species Act, thanks in large part to postdoctoral research assistant Leif Richardson.

    Green Mountain Power seeks approval for hydro plant purchases

    The utility is buying 14 plants and power supply contracts from multinational energy giant Enel Green Power.

    Conflicting goals create dilemma on Green River

    ANR says it had no choice but to call for changes in the management of the dam to protect the environment. But the utility and others say that would cost money and go against renewable energy objectives.

    State ag agency files rules for small farms with Legislature

    The rules follow new maximum limits on agricultural pollutants that the federal government will permit Vermont farms to emit into the Lake Champlain watershed.

    Burlington says solar array might hinder plans for airport road

    There’s no rush to build a road and no pressure to halt the solar project, but Burlington wants energy regulators to consider its airport master plan when reviewing the project.

    Pipeline opponents raise new wetlands issue

    A biologist hired by the opponents’ lawyer said she found signs of unrecorded wetlands next to where Vermont Gas Systems has dug.

    Vermont Gas gets access to final parcel via eminent domain

    The Public Service Board granted an easement through Hinesburg’s Geprags Park for the company’s pipeline extension to Addison County.

    Randolph dam removed for benefit of fish

    Taking out the dam opens nearly 100 miles of upstream habitat to migrating fish and will ease the flood risk for buildings near river level, according to advocates.

    State regulators want to fine Vermont Gas $150,000 for alleged safety violations

    While welding pieces of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline extension, Vermont Gas contractors failed to properly ground the pipe sections.

    Lyndon seeks clarification on $50,000 wind appropriation

    College officials want to make sure they understand the intent of the Legislature when it allocated the funds.

    Swanton Wind developers offer buyouts to neighbors

    Swanton Wind, LLC filed an application Thursday for a 20-megawatt project made up of as many as seven wind turbines standing as tall as 500 feet.

    Public Service Board to consider re-evaluation of Vermont Gas pipeline permit

    Whether an increase in the project’s cost constitutes a “significant change” is key.