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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    State: Vermont Gas likely won’t face fines for killing flowers

    The Fish and Wildlife head envisions a settlement that would aid recovery of the endangered species. But the Public Service Board also could assess penalties for violating its permit to build a pipeline.

    Citing ‘imprudent’ costs, regulators urge Vermont Gas rate cut

    The Public Service Department says $53.1 million of the cost of a pipeline project should be thrown out because it was imprudently spent or hasn’t been properly documented. The department also says it’s time for a new way of setting rates.

    New pro-wind group comes out of firm that works for developer

    Iberdrola Renewables, which wants to build 43 turbines in southern Vermont, is represented by KSE Partners. A representative of the lobbying firm wouldn’t say whether Iberdrola is funding the group.

    State tightens standards for lampricide

    The state set a lower ceiling on TFM concentrations because there is a paucity of reliable research on potential adverse human health effects. Federal officials must comply with new standards.

    Green Mountain Power to buy 14 more hydroelectric dams

    The company could strengthen its renewable energy portfolio to meet statutory requirements with the agreement to buy the New England dams and draw power from two others.

    Regulators knock back GMP rate hike request

    The company sought a 3.53 percent increase when it filed rate-setting papers July 1 with the Department of Public Service. The regulatory process took that down to 0.93 percent.

    With candidates split, wind issue may be felt in governor’s race

    Voters who are fired up by opposition to wind projects are believed to be a small minority. But in a close race they could make a big difference, said retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis.

    Opponents blast new rules on wind turbine sound limits

    Opponents say temporary standards should establish at minimum a volume limit of 30 decibels inside a home, but measured with open windows regardless of the time of year.

    Scott wins GOP primary

    Scott told supporters that negative campaigns don’t work in Vermont, no matter who you are or how much money you spend.

    State embarks on policy review of employment growth program

    The state auditor says there’s no way to know whether the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive, or VEGI, really works. Supporters say the program, which has benefited companies including Keurig Green Mountain, costs the state nothing.

    Conservation plan approved for wind project in national forest

    The Public Service Board has approved a conservation plan that will allow the Deerfield wind energy project to move forward in the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont. The board’s order announced Friday amends a certificate of public good awarded to developer Iberdrola in 2009 to build 15 turbines on a ridge that divides […]

    Lawyer for pipeline foes says illegal meetings played role in Hinesburg pact with Vermont Gas

    Hinesburg officials say they didn’t violate open meetings laws when discussing an agreement to let Vermont Gas Systems build a pipeline through a town park.

    Vermont Gas officials and opponent attorney clash before PSB

    Attorney James Dumont claims a key agreement between the town of Hinesburg and Vermont Gas is invalid.

    Turbine foes seize on window issue in temporary sound rules

    The proposed interim standards stipulate that sound inside neighboring buildings be measured with windows closed in the winter. Opponents say that violates lawmakers’ intention that the rules not be relaxed from current ones.