Energy

Lowell wind opponents accept $1.3 million from Green Mountain Power for farm

The state’s largest utility reached a $1.3 million settlement Monday with two Lowell landowners in a property line dispute over construction of a ridgeline wind farm. Don and Shirley Nelson, two vocal opponents of Green Mountain Power’s 63-megawatt wind turbine project on Lowell Mountain, own a 580-acre farm abutting the project. GMP will purchase the […]

Phase II pipeline clears Addison regional planning commission hurdle

AN SIGN STANDS in the yard of Jane and Nathan Palmer of Monkton, who are fighting to keep a natural gas pipeline from being built on their property. Independent photo/Zach Despart

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission board on Wednesday voted 15-11 that the proposed natural gas pipeline from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., can pass muster with the county’s regional plan.

Anti-nuke group seeks to reopen Vermont Yankee permit case

Protest on March 22. Photo by Alan Panebaker

The New England Coalition filed a motion with the PSB to amend the nuclear plant’s certificate of public good to include more conditions, a move that, if approved, could allow Entergy to cancel its commitment.

N.Y. officials ask Addison County planners to approve gas pipeline

Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Regional planners meet Wednesday on whether to OK Vermont Gas’ proposal to run a natural gas pipeline under Lake Champlain.

Stowe Electric drops rates, launches usage study and plans new rate structure

Stowe electric

The utility is also launching a load profile study as it overhauls its rate structure, making room for modified tariff categories such as geothermal energy users and seasonal part-time residents.

VELCO urges lawmakers to plan for costly transmission upgrades

VELCO vice president Kerrick Johnson testified before the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Friday to discuss regional transmission development. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

About $5 billion in energy reliability projects are on the table and Vermont is bound to pay 4 percent, or $200 million.

Story + video: Net metering program gets second wind

Solar panels on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier make use of the state's net metering program. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Governor signs bill raising the cap utilities can place on renewable energy projects in a ceremony at an East Montpelier farm powered by a solar installation.

Massachusetts company proposes Plattsburgh-Burlington electricity transmission line

Anbaric Transmission map

Under a New England-wide initiative, underwater line would carry New York-produced wind power to Vermont

UPDATE: State allows Vermont Yankee to operate through 2014

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy Vermont Business Magazine

The Vermont Public Service Board issued a certificate of public good Friday allowing the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to operate through the end of the year.

Senate panel OKs bill allowing Efficiency Vermont to subsidize heat pumps

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill to allow the state’s energy efficiency utility to subsidize residential electric heat pumps. The bill, S.202, allows Efficiency Vermont to cover part of the cost to install efficient air-source heat pumps in residences that meet certain thermal efficiency standards. The Vermont Public Service Board, the state’s utility regulator, […]

CLF seeks more details on plans to conduct more Canadian hydropower through Vermont

Carillon Hydro-electric Dam, Pointe Fortune, Quebec. Photo by Mac Armstrong.

Vermont’s pact with Canada and the region to bring electricity from Hydro Quebec to southern New England raises environmental concerns.

ANR wants more resources to handle increase in renewable energy projects

Green Mountain Power's Creek Path Solar Farm, built on a brownfields site in Rutland, nears completion. Same Sun of Vermont Inc. is installing the 150-kilowatt solar array. Photo courtesy GMP

The number of solar, biomass and wind projects has jumped 400 percent while Agency of Natural Resources’ staf has remained flat, officials say.

Senate kills bill giving towns more input in siting solar projects

If the bill had passed, the Public Service Board would not have been able to waive town zoning and screening bylaws in decisions about whether to approve energy generation projects through the Section 248 review process.

Efficiency Vermont looks to expand services to heat pumps, electric cars

An electric vehicle charging station near the state capitol in Montpelier. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State’s energy reduction utility wants to subsidize heat pumps and electric vehicles, senators want it to focus on weatherization.

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