Energy

Reason for Burlington’s high gas prices unknown

Chris Pearson

Officials and area leaders push for answers as to why fuel prices soar in Chittenden County.

PSB seeks to reopen Vermont Gas permit

Members of the Vermont Public Service Board, from left Margaret Cheney. James Volv and John Burke. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

State regulators ask Vermont Supreme Court to remand Vermont Gas’ permit due to another increases in cost estimates for the project.

Pipeline construction costs more than double since first budget

Sections of pipe are encased in cement at Vermont Gas' staging area in Williston. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Public Service Board is still deciding whether to reconsider the $154 million project, which was approved last summer.

Entergy officially notifies feds Vermont Yankee is no longer producing power

All spent nuclear fuel has been removed from the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon, the plant owners told federal regulators on Monday.

NRC accepting comments on Vermont Yankee closing

An Entergy report on plans for the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee is open for public comment through the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Vernon nuclear site powered down for good on Dec. 29. Entergy filed the Post Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report on Dec. 19. The report pegs the total decommissioning cost at $1.24 billion, which includes […]

Vermont Gas slows second phase of pipeline extension

Raymond Micklon (center) and David Przepioski, both of Craftsbury Common, locked their necks together in an eight-foot-deep ditch Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

While Vermont Gas plans to update the cost estimates, the lead bankroller of the project, International Paper, is now concerned about when the gas will arrive at its mill on the other side of Lake Champlain.

Vermont Yankee powers down for good

Paul Paradis, Entergy’s decommissioning director, watched a live computer model of the drawdown of Vermont Yankee power plant from company offices in Brattleboro on Monday.  Photo by John Herrick

UPDATED: For more than four decades, the plant has been a regional source of energy and economic gain. It has also been a source of contention.

Year in Review: Vermont Yankee shutdown, GMO labeling, Lake Champlain cleanup grab headlines

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

The historic shutdown of Vermont Yankee will hurt local economy; Lake Champlain cleanup will be costly; GMO labeling sets national precedent; Vermont Gas construction overruns cloud pipeline buildout.

Vermont Yankee decommissioning plan submitted to NRC

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

Entergy Vermont Yankee officially presented the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with its Post Shutdown Decommissioning Report, but it’s not that much different from the draft PSDAR presented to the state in October.

New York joins Vermont in fracking ban

Paul Burns, executive director of VPIRG, holds up a photo of a fracking operation. VTDigger staff photo.

The state of New York has banned hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The state’s top health official said it would be “reckless” to allow fracking without more research on its environmental effects.

Vernon, Entergy reach Vermont Yankee tax deal

Town officials say they have reached a one-year tax agreement with Vermont Yankee owner Entergy, a deal that will establish a value for the nuclear plant when it is no longer producing power.

Utilities to reduce solar credit; solar industry unworried

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

A new state law will allow more state residents to join “net metering” programs, but will slightly reduce the value of the energy credits they receive. Solar installers say the industry is robust enough to thrive even with the reduction.

Vernon, TransCanada reach hydro-dam value settlement

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

The resolution of the Vernon appeal comes at a welcome time for town officials, who are facing a certain, steep decline in tax revenue due to the pending closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Administration prepared to scrap SPEED program

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

The Department of Public Service says a system such as a renewable portfolio standard would better meet the state’s energy goals than the current voluntary system.

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