Energy

Proposed solar arrays spark concern in New Haven

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland

A solar-energy developer wants to build two large installations in New Haven. Some local residents are concerned about the potential aesthetic impact.

Two arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline project

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

Two members of the group Rising Tide Vermont were arrested Tuesday after locking their necks together in an attempt to stop work on a natural gas pipeline project in Williston.

Group calls on FTC to review GMP’s renewable energy claims

Stafford Technical Center students help install solar panels at Green Mountain Power's Creek Path Solar Farm, built on a brownfields site in Rutland. Photo courtesy GMP

Selling its power as renewable on the retail market should preclude Green Mountain Power from selling renewable energy credits to other producers. To do both is deceptive, they say. GMP says its marketing is accurate.

Heat pumps seen as another tool in energy efficiency kit

Heat pump exterior unit. Courtesy of SunCommon

More utilities and business promote the improved technology as a way to offset the cost of propane- and oil-fired furnaces.

Vermont Supreme Court clears PSB to reconsider Vermont Gas pipeline

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

Public Service Board has 30 days to decide whether to reevaluate the project, and will then have 30 days to decide how it will do so.

Vermont Gas plans ‘virtual pipeline’ by year’s end

Vermont Gas building

As construction continues on a pipeline to Middlebury, Vermont Gas plans a temporary system to serve three commercial customers.

BED corrects billing errors for largest customers

Burlington City Hall. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

The Burlington Electric Department overcharged the city of Burlington and the University of Vermont by more than $2 million over the past decade.

Auditor urges PSB to make transcripts more affordable

Weary members of the Public Service Board (from left) David Coen, James Volz and John Burke. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Investigation finds that the price of obtaining documents transcribed by third-party vendor limits Vermonters’ access to public records. PSB seeking solution.

PSB may reconsider Vermont Gas pipeline permit

Another sign in opposition to the project. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Increase in cost estimates for pipeline expansion in Addison County could lead to a regulatory review of the company’s certificate of public good.

Vermont Gas invokes eminent domain in pipeline expansion

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

Company moves to condemn four properties along its natural gas pipeline route, three in Williston and one in St. George.

GMP teams with national energy company to build micro-grids

NRG Energy President and CEO David Crane. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Vermont’s largest utility partners with NRG Energy on plan to build smaller, self-sustaining electric grids that can limit major outages.

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 […]

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