Energy

New NRC rule supports indefinite storage of nuclear waste

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

The five-member board that oversees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Tuesday voted to end a two-year moratorium on issuing new power plant licenses.

GMP’s 2.46 percent rate decrease approved

Green Mountain Power will reduce residential and commercial electricity prices by 2.46 percent starting Oct. 1. State regulators approved the rate decrease Monday. “Lowering electricity rates at a time when other costs continue to rise, is an important part of helping Vermont families and businesses,” GMP President and CEO Mary Powell said in a statement. […]

Feds to conduct environmental study of proposed underwater transmission line

The Department of Energy will prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed power line that will pass under Lake Champlain to connect power supplies in Canada to the Coolidge substation in Ludlow. TDI New England is proposing the 154-mile transmission line. It estimates the line would deliver 1,000 megawatts of hydro and wind power […]

Shumlin to step in if Vermont Gas pursues eminent domain

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

Governor says he will appoint a firm to assess the value of property that could be seized to make room for a natural gas pipeline extension. Cost would be billed back to Vermont Gas.

Vermont Gas to pay VELCO $450,000 to use its right-of-way

The state’s transmission utility has set a price for Vermont Gas to use its utility corridor as part of its natural gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark said Friday the company intends to pay $450,000 for about 51 acres within the utility corridor. The price includes access roads, he said. […]

Vermont Supreme Court orders review of transmission line valuation in Vernon

Power lines cut across a Vermont hillside. VTD/Josh Larkin

There has been no easy agreement in Vernon, where Vermont Transco owns five electrical substations, seven transmission lines, a fiber-optic line, land and utility easements.

Efficiency Vermont promotes solar hot water heaters

The state efficiency utility is offering a limited time discount on solar hot water heaters. The total package offers $1,600 back to residents for systems installed before Nov. 30. Efficiency Vermont says the average U.S. household spends $600 per year on hot water heating. Solar hot water heaters can reduce this cost by 80 percent […]

Vermont Gas needs federal waiver for Phase 2 of pipeline to New York

Vermont Gas building

The South Burlington natural gas utility must obtain a federal regulatory waiver before the state has the authority to approve the pipeline project that crosses state lines to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.

Kingdom Community Wind meets noise standards, Green Mountain Power officials say

Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Lowell Mountains Group is pushing Green Mountain Power to adopt a sound monitoring plan to measure noise continuously rather than in two- to three-week periods. Schnure said Green Mountain Power supports a continuous noise monitoring program for one year.

Ruling forces Vermont to share cost of adding regional transmission

High-tension power lines cut through New Hampshire. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Court ruling on FERC Order 1000 means Vermont must share the cost of building and upgrading electricity transmission lines in all of New England.

AARP challenges Vermont Gas rate increase request

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

Group representing retired people says the company intended to use money from a reserve fund to soften the impact of its natural gas pipeline extension. Vermont Gas denies the charge.

Old Rutland landfill site of new solar microgrid

A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The project includes 4 megawatts of battery storage which will provide backup power to Rutland High School.

Vermont Gas offers mediation, moves toward eminent domain

Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark points to a map of the company's pipeline extension proposal at a media roundtable in South Burlington on Tuesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The natural gas utility is offering mediation to a small group of landowners who refuse to grant easements for the company’s pipeline extension. At the same time, Vermont Gas is pursuing its right to claim the land through eminent domain.

Photo gallery: Demonstrators rally against fossil fuels at Statehouse

Protest 4-1

Marchers play music, shout slogans in opposition to Vermont Gas pipeline extension and other energy policies.

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