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VTDigger covers electric utilities, renewable energy, nuclear and natural gas industries in Vermont. Mike Polhamus is our energy reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

Public comment on turbine wind noise standards due Monday

Critics hoped to retain language that would have declared a public health emergency over wind turbines noise, but wind advocates say there is no good evidence supporting claims that the sound endanger human health.

Entergy wants to discharge tainted water into Connecticut River

Vermont Yankee administrators and state officials are discussing the possible discharge of tritium-contaminated “intrusion” water into the Connecticut River. The state must approve such a discharge, and one river advocate is calling for a “full public review” of any proposal.

NRC denies state’s appeals on Vermont Yankee emergency planning

Vermont officials had appealed federal rulings that allowed the shut-down nuclear plant to reduce emergency operations. But the NRC ruled in part that the state had not produced enough evidence to back its claims about increased health and safety risks.

Brattleboro suing solar company over net-metering contract

Editor’s note: This article is by Chris Mays, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published June 23, 2016. BRATTLEBORO — The town has filed a lawsuit against NextSun Energy after contract disputes and is no longer receiving net metering credits associated with a solar array. “NextSun has filed a motion to dismiss […]

Windham officials clash with developer over turbine talks

Selectboard members are demanding that Iberdrola Renewables suspend its work on the Stiles Brook wind proposal. But Iberdrola is calling the town’s statements misleading and even “slanderous.”

Vermont Gas pipeline costs jump 7.8 percent to $165.6 million

The 41-mile extension from Colchester to Addison will serve about 3,000 customers in Addison County.

Yankee owner cleared to put more casks of spent fuel on site

The Public Service Board said a second spent fuel pad won’t hurt the environment and will promote the state’s general good by hastening the transfer of spent nuclear fuel from the pools in which it now sits.

Developer: Wind project vote is only for full-time residents

In a new message to residents of Windham and Grafton, Iberdrola Renewables says it will abide by a vote on the proposed Stiles Brook Wind Project — but no second-home owners can participate.

Protesters disrupt PSB hearing related to paying for pipeline

Vermont Gas Systems wants to use two-thirds of a $21 million ratepayer fund to temporarily limit the expected rate increases customers will pay to cover $134 million of the cost of the controversial pipeline.

With key town support, Lake Champlain power line seeks permits

The New York Public Service Commission denied the application because it wants more information. New Haven’s Selectboard and some residents have come out in favor of the project after winning more compensation for the town.

Anti-nuke group makes last stand in Vermont Yankee fuel case

The New England Coalition is asking the state Public Service Board to reconsider its dismissal of the coalition’s objections to storage plans for spent fuel at Vermont Yankee.

Shumlin signs renewable energy siting bill into law

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law Monday that proponents say will impose tougher sound standards on wind turbines and give towns a greater say over where renewable projects are built. Shumlin signed the bill at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission office in Middlebury, in a county where a number of large-scale energy […]

Solar panels on farmland spur debate about development, taxes

At issue is whether renewable energy projects should be allowed on acreage that garners a tax break under the current use program, which is intended to encourage keeping productive agricultural lands undeveloped.

Memo: State ‘unlikely’ to buy hydro dams on its own

A new Department of Public Service memo says scheduling and other issues will make it “extremely difficult” for Vermont to independently buy TransCanada’s hydroelectric dams. But officials say the state may seek an ownership share or a power purchase agreement with the dams’ eventual buyer.