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Dry cask storage safe, at least for the short term, expert says

The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn,

Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel questions Jay Tarzia, the chair if the New Hampshire State Radiation Advisory Committee, on the safety of dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Recent incidents at Vermont Yankee highlight ongoing security

Vermont Yankee

Even though a checkpoint at the main entrance is unmanned following staffing reductions in January, officials say armed, on-site security personnel are keeping a close watch and will react to any attempt to enter the site.

State regulators weigh penalty against Vermont Gas

Eileen Simollardes

The company withheld details of a 40 percent cost increase from regulators for six months. “I wish I had done this differently,” said Eileen Simollardes, a vice president at Vermont Gas Systems.

Lawmakers hear from both sides on energy siting policy

energy siting

Some say solar and wind projects harm Vermont’s aesthetic character, while others say giving towns more control would slow progress on greenhouse gas emissions.

Hydro-Quebec looking south to new markets

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Gov. Peter Shumlin discuss the relationship between Vermont and Quebec during a dinner ceremony at a energy conference in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Provincial officials who joined Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at an energy conference say they need a conduit from Quebec’s huge power dams to energy-craving metropolitan centers in southern New England.

Dozens protest gas pipeline at Public Service Board’s office

Pipeline opponents

Huge cost increase estimates will unduly burden ratepayers and better energy alternatives are available, opponents say

State concerned about future contamination at Vermont Yankee

The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn,

Entergy has not committed to long-term monitoring of radioactive contamination at the nuclear power plant, which shut down in December.

Connecticut rules in favor of Vermont renewable energy credits

More than 50 people took a Green Mountain Power tour of Kingdom Community Wind project,  Vermont’s largest capacity renewable energy project on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.  Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

A decision by Connecticut regulators rejects claims that Vermont utilities “double count” credits they sell for renewable energy generated in Vermont. The sale of these RECs saves money for Vermont ratepayers, utilities and the state say.

Energy efficient building codes go into effect

New state building codes that require tighter energy efficiency standards took effect March 1. The new energy codes create efficiency standards for commercial and residential buildings that apply to insulation, air leakage, ventilation and electrical appliances, among others. So-called “stretch codes” take effect Dec. 1. These codes require a higher standard of thermal energy efficiency, […]

House approves major renewable energy overhaul

Don Turner

Bill would require utilities to sell renewable energy to customers and reduce the use of fossil fuels. A late GOP attempt to remove a provision fails.

Auditor says state has not tracked energy use well

View from the Statehouse

Energy savings goals were established for state buildings but were not adequately measured, State Auditor Doug Hoffer says.

Entergy to fight the state on use of decommissioning fund

Vermont Yankee 2010

At issue is whether a decommissioning trust fund can be used to pay for guarding spent nuclear fuel. And Entergy says it plans to use those funds to fight any legal challanges from the state.

Entergy clear to halt off-site emergency planning, NRC rules

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave Entergy permission Monday to eliminate off-site emergency planning activities around the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The Vernon reactor went permanently offline on Dec. 19. Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, will no longer need to maintain the emergency planning zone that encompasses a 10-mile radius around the […]

Vermont seeks details on Entergy’s finances

The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn,

State is concerned about safety measures and whether they will be paid for with decommissioning funds or by Entergy.

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