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Dept. of Energy starts planning for Vermont Yankee nuclear waste

Agency responsible for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel plans to visit the idle plant to explore logistics in the event a waste repository comes online.

State sets public hearings on energy plan

The Department of Public Service will hold five public hearings around the state this month to take comment on its proposed comprehensive energy plan.

Feds: Entergy can dismantle Vermont Yankee’s emergency alert link

The state’s appeal of Entergy’s move to get rid of the emergency data system – a direct link between the plant and Washington D.C. – at Vermont Yankee was denied by a federal commission that said the system wasn’t needed after the plant closed. One commissioner urged for regulatory review.

Hydroelectric dam in North Bennington powers up

Six years in the making, the dam at the former Vermont Tissue Mill on the Walloomsac River will generate enough electricity annually to power 211 average Vermont homes.

Tale of two Yankees: VT nuke panelists find tranquility at CT site

A group from the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel made a recent trip to the decommissioned Connecticut Yankee nuclear plant site.

Grafton wind opponents set up storefront

With data collection continuing for a possible wind-turbine project at Stiles Brook Forest in Windham and Grafton, turbine opponents have opened a new environmental center – just a short walk from an office established by the timber company that might host the windmills.

State slams emergency plan changes at Vermont Yankee

Entergy is seeking permission to drastically shrink the emergency-planning zone around Vermont Yankee and to stop funding emergency operations in surrounding towns and states. Vermont officials are opposed.

Entergy agrees to provide notice of trust fund withdrawals

Owners of the idle Vermont Yankee nuclear plant withdraw their bid to be allowed to take money from the decommissioning trust fund without notifying federal officials. How it uses the money remains in contention.

Brattleboro solar project approved by Public Service Board

Editor’s note: This article is by Robert Audette, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Sept. 22, 2015. BRATTLEBORO — Winstanley received a certificate of public good on Monday to construct a 500 kilowatt solar facility on land located next to a 2.2 megawatt facility that went online last year. According to […]

State, Entergy at odds over hazardous waste

State inspectors say they found several violations regarding Entergy’s handling of non-radiological hazardous waste at Vermont Yankee during a May 18 inspection. The company disputes most of the alleged violations.

Entergy asks state to throw out dissenting testimony on spent fuel

After the Brattleboro-based New England Coalition weighed in on Entergy’s proposal to build a second spent fuel pad at Vermont Yankee, the company is asking the state to dismiss that testimony as irrelevant and immaterial.

Natural gas plant eyed in Vernon

Town officials are talking with a potential developer of a natural gas plant that, in theory, would utilize existing Vermont Yankee electrical infrastructure and connect to a proposed pipeline in northern Massachusetts. A public meeting is in the works, but many specifics have not yet been released.

UVM aims to add a megawatt of solar

Burlington Electric Department soliciting bids for solar projects on campus’ rooftops and over parking lots.

High space demands for Vermont’s future solar farms if energy stays local

Renewable energy sources account for 16 percent of Vermonters’ total energy consumption, and the state has a 2050 goal to raise that to 90 percent, officials said, requiring up to 13,000 acres of solar cells.

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