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NRC closes inspector’s office at Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant closed the resident inspector’s office this month after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decided that activities at the non-operating plant no longer require constant inspection. Since the plant entered the decommissioning stage Dec. 29, 2014, the normal activities and duties conducted by a resident inspector, a position to which […]

TransCanada gets one-year extension on Connecticut River dam licenses

Vernon hydroelectric dam

Additional studies on the Connecticut River waters are needed for the re-licensing process following the closing of Vermont Yankee, and FERC agreed to extend the licenses by a year, effectively extending the re-licensing by one year.

TDI to pay $720M over 40 years to state for transmission cable under Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains in New York as seen from the waterfront in Burlington. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The $1.2 billion, 1,000 megawatt New England Clean Power Link would carry hydroelectric and wind power generated in Canada to metropolitan energy markets in the Northeast.

Vermont Gas says pipeline is on budget in latest report

Pipes to be used in Vermont Gas' natural gas pipeline project wait in a construction yard in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Company has spent $66.5 million of the pipeline’s $153.6 million cost estimate announced in December 2014, according to recent quarterly filing.

Parties say Vermont Gas withheld information on cost increase

Jim Dumont

When the company knew about a second cost increase in its natural gas pipeline extension project could play a role in a decision to reopen the project’s permit.

Anti-nuke activist turned hydropower developer John Warshow was admired by friends and foes

John Warshow cropped

“John was a fighter, but without anger,” Mathew Rubin said. “In a business partnership that lasted 34 years, I never saw him lose his temper.”

Guilford board questions solar developers

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

Three solar projects — two by Soveren Inc. and one by GLC Powersmith Solar — were presented to the Guilford Selectboard, which questioned the developers but did not oppose the projects.

Addison County planners renew their support for Vermont Gas pipeline

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to reaffirm its support for a natural gas pipeline making its way to Middlebury. According to a news release from Vermont Gas Systems, the commission voted 23-9 to support the project. The commission represents 21 towns in Addison County. The two parties had signed a memorandum […]

State: Vermont Yankee trust fund process ‘broken’

Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia was elected chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel in Brattleboro on Thursday.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Public Service Department, and other state officials say they are deeply concerned about how, when and for what purposes plant owner Entergy will be allowed to withdraw cash from Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund.

Opponents make case for alternatives to gas pipeline

James Dumont

On Tuesday public advocates brought in witnesses who criticized both the pipeline extension project and the calculations that the company has used to justify the efficacy of the pipeline.

PSB takes another look at Vermont Gas pipeline project

Don Rendell, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

The first day of a two-day quasi-judicial hearing into the merits of a natural gas pipeline expansion focuses on the company’s economic modeling.

Five new solar arrays proposed in Ferrisburgh; officials push back

Editor’s note: This article is by Andy Kirkaldy, of the Addison Independent, in which it was first published June 22, 2015. FERRISBURGH — Facing a batch of new solar array proposals, the Ferrisburgh selectboard earlier this month sent out a letter of “non-support” to a proposed 480-kilowatt array on the new Dollar General property on […]

Iberdrola discusses potential turbines at public information meetings

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Wind power developer updates residents on meteorological and environmental testing and evaluation of site in Windham County.

Vermont Gas to defend natural gas pipeline at two-day hearing

Vermont Gas pipeline hearing

The Vermont Public Service Board is evaluating the certificate of public good for the project a third time because of cost increases. Auditors at PricewaterhouseCoopers say the pipeline, which will serve 3,000 customers, will cost $153.6 million.

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