Vermont Gas protester found not guilty of trespassing

A jury Thursday found Henry Harris not guilty of trespassing at Vermont Gas’ South Burlington headquarters at a protest in May. During the protest, the 36-year-old Plainfield man, dressed in a shirt and tie, entered the building and went up on the roof, where he dropped a 300-square-foot banner protesting the pipeline. He was arrested […]

Entergy to lay off 165 Vermont Yankee workers in January

Entergy said Wednesday it will lay off 165 employees on Jan. 19, shortly after the company plans to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The Louisiana-based company filed the notice with the Vermont Department of Labor and the Town of Vernon. There were 554 active employees working at the plant as […]

Entergy CEDF money to be spent on solar power

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

The Vermont Department of Public Service announced on Friday that it is in the process of establishing the Windham County Solar Finance Program to “accelerate the deployment of residential solar energy technologies in Windham County.”

Efficiency Vermont uses smart-meter data to encourage energy savings

Kelly Hackett discussed her home energy report from Efficiency Vermont during a news conference at her home in Waterbury on Friday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The state’s energy-efficiency utility has launched a new program that uses smart-meter data to pinpoint ways for a homeowner to cut power consumption and save money. The pilot program will be offered to 100,000 Green Mountain Power customers in its first year.

State seeks input on Vermont Yankee decommissioning plan

BRATTLEBORO — The Department of Public Service is seeking written public comments on the Vermont Yankee Site Assessment Study and draft Post-Shutdown Decommissioning Activities Report recently published by Entergy. Public comments on the draft PSDAR received by Nov. 25 will be considered for inclusion with the Public Service Department’s comments that will be provided to […]

Fuel dealer offers heat pump lease

The Energy Co-op of Vermont announced on Wednesday it is leasing cold climate heat pumps to its customers. The northwestern Vermont heating fuel provider says it will install a heat pump for $40 a month on a ten-year lease with an upfront payment of less than $300. “Our core mission at the Energy Co-op is […]

Advocacy groups launch campaign for a carbon tax

Paul Burns, executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, joined a coalition of Vermont environmental, business, academic and other advocacy groups during a news conference at the Capstone Community Action low-income service agency’s headquarters in Barre on Thursday to call for a carbon tax. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

A broad coalition of advocacy groups will lobby for a tax on carbon emissions in the upcoming legislative session. The tax would raise the price of gasoline and other fossil fuels, but most of the revenue would be offset by tax cuts and assistance to low-income Vermonters.

Entergy wants to tap money for emergency response from Vermont Yankee decommissioning fund

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

The owner of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant seeks permission to reduce staffing for emergency response by June 2016. But the state wants off-site emergency response in place until all the spent nuclear fuel is moved into long-term storage.

Vermont Gas announces more pipeline easements

Vermont Gas Systems said Tuesday it has made progress in negotiating with landowners to build its natural gas pipeline through Addison County. Special Report: Eminent Domain The natural gas utility’s 41-mile pipeline project will cross 220 properties from Colchester to Middlebury. The company said Tuesday it has settled easement agreements with 166 landowners along the […]

Special Report: Landowners to fight eminent domain

Nathan Palmer of Monkton stands where a natural gas pipeline is proposed to be drilled under his property. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

About 60 landowners have not granted easements to Vermont Gas for a proposed pipeline extension. The company is expected to start condemnation proceedings on many of those properties as soon as this week.

New Haven says ‘no’ to solar farm plans

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

The selectboard in New Haven has voted down two proposed solar projects over their size and aesthetic impact. The developer of one site says his firm will proceed with the plan, while the other is eyeing another site. There are a total of 14 proposals for solar arrays in the Addison County town.

Margolis: Disobedience was civil, but was it warranted?

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Protesters occupying the Pavilion in opposition to the Vermont Gas pipeline perhaps invest the issue with more significance than it deserves.

GMP cleared to restore Otter Creek power dams

Federal energy regulators extended Green Mountain Power’s license for three hydroelectric dams along the Otter Creek last week. The new 40-year license for the Otter Creek project allows the state’s largest utility to upgrade the dams and generate up to 22.8 megawatts of renewable power, up from the previous 14.4 MW, according to the regulatory […]

Report: Vermont ranks high on energy efficiency

Vermont ranked third in a national survey on how states are improving energy efficiency, an improvement from its showing the previous year. The Washington, D.C.-based American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its eighth annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard last week. It ranks states on utility and public benefits programs and policies, transportation policies, […]

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