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]

Press allowed at Public Service Board hearing on Vermont Gas

The Vermont Public Service Board has banned the public from attending an Aug. 4 technical hearing on condemnation of property for a natural gas pipeline in Addison County. Last Friday, the board agreed to allow press attendance and livestreaming of the proceedings. Vermont Gas is seeking to build a section of pipeline through Geprags Park […]

Vernon farm takes ‘cow energy’ in a different direction

Manure is now producing a steady supply of hot water — and cutting propane use — at Vern-Mont Farm due to a partnership with an Enosburg Falls company specializing in compost heat recovery.

SunEdison bankruptcy overshadows Newfane school solar project

California-based SunEdison’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings have delayed a 500 kilowatt solar installation at NewBrook Elementary School in Newfane.

Swanton panel accused of violating open meetings law

The revisions concern wording meant to prevent development of a wind farm on a nearby ridge, on property owned by Travis and Ashley Belisle.

Answers elusive in state’s study of TransCanada dams

A working group looking into the state’s potential interest in the sale of 13 hydroelectric stations is scheduled to issue a report Aug. 1. But officials likely won’t be able to disclose any specific plans.

Vermont Gas unfazed by latest obstacles

Company officials are investigating the destruction of a rare sunflower along the pipeline and are submitting a justification for omitting wetlands from a permit application. The Public Service Board has barred public participation in an upcoming hearing.

Environmental groups oppose Swanton dam

Trout Unlimited, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, The Nature Conservancy and Lake Champlain International say the dam will damage fish habitat.

In divided Grafton, new board leader calls for civility

As Grafton officials wrestle with controversy stemming from the Stiles Brook wind proposal, the Selectboard’s new chairman is calling for the town to move beyond past disputes. But he’s also a turbine opponent — a viewpoint shared by a new Selectboard majority.

New owner breathes life into Brattleboro landfill solar project

Windham Solid Waste Management District officials say a multinational developer has teamed with a Burlington company to kick-start the stalled 5-megawatt project, which will bring significant utility savings to 19 towns.

Public Service Board again nixes anti-nuclear group’s arguments

VERNON — State regulators say they won’t reconsider their dismissal of an anti-nuclear group’s objections to Vermont Yankee’s fuel storage plans. The state Public Service Board last month approved construction of a new concrete pad for storage of the shut-down plant’s spent nuclear fuel. Before that, however, the Brattleboro-based New England Coalition had asked for […]

Iberdrola blasts wind turbine critics

Responding to the town of Windham’s concerns about the proposed 28-turbine Stiles Brook Wind Project, developer Iberdrola Renewables says the project will abide by strict environmental protection standards and won’t hurt neighbors’ health.

UPDATED: Vermont Gas faces possible work stoppage, sanctions over permit

The company and its opponents disagreed Friday over whether the issue of alleged permit violations, even if resolved in the company’s favor, could sink the $166 million pipeline project through delays.

Renewable energy advocates oppose proposed net metering rules

Customers who feed solar power back into the grid would be required to pay customer service charges.

Public comment on turbine wind noise standards due Monday

Critics hoped to retain language that would have declared a public health emergency over wind turbines noise, but wind advocates say there is no good evidence supporting claims that the sound endanger human health.