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]

Money for training is still a question mark in energy siting bill

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday as it works to finalize a bill that supporters say will integrate the state’s energy planning and communities’ land use planning. Before a floor vote on S.230, the Senate Finance Committee must decide whether to leave in a provision allotting $300,000 for the training of local officials in […]

Green building expert does his ‘homework’

Alex Wilson, founder of Brattleboro-based BuildingGreen and the Resilient Design Institute, decided to apply those principles when renovating his 200-year-old farmhouse. He’s hoping his “net-zero energy” home and other carbon reduction efforts lend credence to the state’s renewable energy goals.

SunEdison, owner of Sheffield Wind Farm, goes bankrupt

The bankruptcy appears not to have affected the project, said Sheffield town clerk William St. Peter.

Bill boosting local input on energy projects passes House

The bill that aims to give towns and regions greater say over where renewable energy projects are built passed the House uneventfully Wednesday afternoon. It had been given preliminary approval Tuesday. Senators and representatives are likely to seek to reconcile differences between their versions of the bill in the coming days, said Sen. Chris Bray, […]

House approves energy siting bill

The legislation gives towns authority to write and certify energy plans.

Energy siting compromise called likely as House set to vote

Although the House and Senate versions of the bill differ, its prospects are good, according to its lead sponsor, Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison. The bill likely will undergo further revision at a conference committee, he said.

Vernon gas plant project on hold after losing fuel supply

Energy giant Kinder Morgan’s decision to suspend its Northeast pipeline project means there will be no natural gas supply for a proposed 600-megawatt plant in Vernon. But some are holding out hope that the projects will be revived.

Feds allow big drop in Vermont Yankee insurance

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says Entergy Vermont Yankee can decrease its on-site property damage insurance coverage from $1.06 billion to $50 million due to decreased risks at the shut-down Vernon plant.

Welch says his bill would boost local input on nuke plant cleanups

VERNON — Echoing a theme in Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says newly introduced federal legislation would increase the influence of state and local governments in nuclear plant cleanups. Welch, D-Vt., announced Wednesday that he had introduced the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act as a companion to a Senate bill introduced by U.S. Sen. […]

New 50-acre solar project proposed in Bennington

Otter Creek Solar, which had one project denied by the Public Service Board and has another one pending, wants to build three arrays on a 76 acre parcel of land.

With change in crisis planning, era ends for Vermont Yankee area

An 18-town, three-state emergency planning zone disappears Tuesday as part of federally approved changes at the Vernon plant. But owner Entergy and state officials say emergency response capabilities remain “robust.”

As House panel strips down energy siting bill, noise issue persists

Rather than trying to write noise standards for wind turbines themselves, legislators are considering directing the Public Service Board to do it. The latest proposal would ban further turbine construction in the meantime.

Entergy projecting big Vermont Yankee surplus after cleanup

New regulatory filings show the plant’s owner believes $190.6 million will be left after Vermont Yankee decommissioning — in sharp contrast to state concerns that the company’s funding will fall short.

Energy firms warned to watch what they say in marketing wind

The Vermont attorney general has expanded his warnings to the energy industry against using misleading marketing to now apply to all renewable energy, not just solar. What the attorney general’s office calls a “guidance” tells utilities and producers they can’t sell energy’s renewable attributes to other entities while still telling their own customers that they, […]