Energy

New Haven says ‘no’ to solar farm plans

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland

The selectboard in New Haven has voted down two proposed solar projects over their size and aesthetic impact. The developer of one site says his firm will proceed with the plan, while the other is eyeing another site. There are a total of 14 proposals for solar arrays in the Addison County town.

Margolis: Disobedience was civil, but was it warranted?

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Protesters occupying the Pavilion in opposition to the Vermont Gas pipeline perhaps invest the issue with more significance than it deserves.

GMP cleared to restore Otter Creek power dams

Federal energy regulators extended Green Mountain Power’s license for three hydroelectric dams along the Otter Creek last week. The new 40-year license for the Otter Creek project allows the state’s largest utility to upgrade the dams and generate up to 22.8 megawatts of renewable power, up from the previous 14.4 MW, according to the regulatory […]

Report: Vermont ranks high on energy efficiency

Vermont ranked third in a national survey on how states are improving energy efficiency, an improvement from its showing the previous year. The Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard last week. It ranks states on utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, […]

Photo slideshow: Demonstrators occupy Pavilion

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64 demonstrators were issued trespassing citations for occupying the Pavilion office building in Montpelier on Monday. About 200 protesters converged on the Statehouse in opposition of a natural gas pipeline project in Addison County.

Vermont joins appeal of spent fuel storage decision

Spent fuel rod storage containers, at Entergy Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

State joins New York and Connecticut in challenging NRC decision on long-term, on-site storage of nuclear waste.

VT Gas pipeline protesters occupy governor’s office

Protesters marched into the Pavilion in Montpelier on Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline.

Environmental groups press Shumlin to reverse position on VT Gas projects.

N.H. town, TransCanada reach valuation settlement on hydroelectric station

The hydroelectric dam off of Governor Hunt Road in Vernon. Brattleboro Reformer file photo by Kayla Rice

According to TransCanada, the agreement sets the station valuation from 2014 through 2021 and establishes the value of the Hinsdale portion of the TransCanada facility at $73 million for those first three years, and at $75 million for the remaining five.

Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

The utility will shoulder the cost of a continuous sound-monitoring program at the wind farm on Lowell Mountain.

Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits

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The Vermont Legislature looks to set a renewable portfolio standard that would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must sell to customers.

Entergy pegs decommissioning cost at $1.24B

Spent fuel rod storage containers, at Entergy Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy releases its plan for removing the Vernon nuclear power plant, which calls for a SAFSTOR process that would have the plant sit idle for at least 25 years. State officials had hoped for 10 or 15 years.

NG Advantage sells majority stake to California firm

  A California-based natural gas company has acquired a majority stake in NG Advantage, a Milton company that delivers compressed natural gas to commercial and industrial customers. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, purchased a 50.1 percent share of NG Advantage on Wednesday. The company owns about 500 natural […]

New weather model will prepare utilities for severe storms

Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, joined state and private company officials to announce the Vermont Weather Analytics Center at a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury on Wednesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Vermont Electric Power Co. is investing $16.6 million in a new weather forecasting tool that will better predict severe storms. The system should help utilities and state agencies prepare for weather events, and facilitate recovery efforts.

Net metering booms in Vermont

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

Vermont’s net-metering program has grown sixfold over the past five years, and is expected to continue to accelerate before the uncertain changes to the federal solar tax credit in 2016.

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