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Citizens groups across New England protest nuke waste storage

Advisory groups representing nuclear-plant host communities in four states – including Vermont – have authored a letter to Congress demanding progress toward an interim, centralized storage facility for spent nuclear fuel that has remained at the plant sites.

In Windham, state will look beyond local wind ban

Citing the town of Windham’s regulations, the state Public Service Department in 2012 opposed the installation of meteorological-testing towers at a proposed wind farm site in Windham County. But Commissioner Chris Recchia says the department will look at the big picture as it considers the 28-turbine, 96.6 megawatt proposal.

Winter heating assistance stays steady

Usage of the program in Vermont is on a downward trend. The state estimates that 24,700 households will receive heating assistance under LIHEAP this year, down from 26,625 last year.

Dubie says wind project may jeopardize air safety

Former Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie is raising questions whether a proposed wind project would affect airline safety.

State seeks more say in Yankee shutdown

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission started drawing up new regulations for decommissioning nuclear power plants – rules Vermont officials say are sorely needed. But the rule-making may extend until 2019, perhaps too late to impact the Vermont Yankee shutdown.

Alchemist says solar is good for business

The Waterbury brewery is getting nearly all its electricity from a third-parting solar hosting site in Bethel, in a deal facilitated by AllEarth Renewables.

Shumlin: Solar must be the right scale

“By my last calculation, from renewable energy, we produce currently over 13 times our electrical usage for the town,” New Haven select board member Doug Tolles said last month. “And if the ones that are proposed are actually constructed, New Haven would be producing approximately 23 times what it’s using. We’re clearly doing our share, and more.”

Vernon looks toward town meeting vote on gas plant

Vernon Planning Commission to hold public forum and conduct research on questions and concerns about the proposal to build plant near Vermont Yankee.

State’s largest utility seeks to raise net metering capacity

Green Mountain Power is asking state regulators for permission to buy 7.5 megawatts of renewable energy electricity above its required level.

Nuclear panel pushes for more local input

The Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel says those communities that host nuclear power plants must be “effectively and substantively” involved in rules for plant cleanup.

Green Mountain Power maps solar energy in Vermont

Vermont’s largest utility has unveiled a map that shows where local energy projects could strain the electrical grid in the future and hopes developers will use the tool to decide where to site their projects. Green Mountain Power, which provides electricity to about three-quarters of Vermonters and virtually everyone who lives south of Interstate 89, […]

State legal fees could come from VY decommissioning fund

Vermont officials are billing Entergy to recoup legal expenses for challenging use of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund, money that could deplete the fund further.

Critics slam Windham County wind plan

Opponents of a 28-turbine wind farm proposed for the towns of Windham and Grafton are questioning the project’s financial, environmental and health impacts.

Questions dominate gas plant debate

Vernon officials and the potential developers of a 600 megawatt gas-fired power plant say they will work to find answers to many questions and concerns raised at a public meeting Tuesday.

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