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Vermont Gas needs federal waiver for Phase 2 of pipeline to New York

Vermont Gas building

The South Burlington natural gas utility must obtain a federal regulatory waiver before the state has the authority to approve the pipeline project that crosses state lines to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga, New York.

Kingdom Community Wind meets noise standards, Green Mountain Power officials say

Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Lowell Mountains Group is pushing Green Mountain Power to adopt a sound monitoring plan to measure noise continuously rather than in two- to three-week periods. Schnure said Green Mountain Power supports a continuous noise monitoring program for one year.

Ruling forces Vermont to share cost of adding regional transmission

High-tension power lines cut through New Hampshire. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Court ruling on FERC Order 1000 means Vermont must share the cost of building and upgrading electricity transmission lines in all of New England.

AARP challenges Vermont Gas rate increase request

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

Group representing retired people says the company intended to use money from a reserve fund to soften the impact of its natural gas pipeline extension. Vermont Gas denies the charge.

Old Rutland landfill site of new solar microgrid

A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The project includes 4 megawatts of battery storage which will provide backup power to Rutland High School.

Vermont Gas offers mediation, moves toward eminent domain

Vermont Gas spokesman Steve Wark points to a map of the company's pipeline extension proposal at a media roundtable in South Burlington on Tuesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The natural gas utility is offering mediation to a small group of landowners who refuse to grant easements for the company’s pipeline extension. At the same time, Vermont Gas is pursuing its right to claim the land through eminent domain.

Photo gallery: Demonstrators rally against fossil fuels at Statehouse

Protest 4-1

Marchers play music, shout slogans in opposition to Vermont Gas pipeline extension and other energy policies.

Special Report: Wind’s role in Vermont’s energy future

A turbine at Green Mountain Power's Kingdom Community Wind project on Lowell Mountain.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The end of federal stimulus money, uncertain reauthorization of federal incentives, difficulties in connecting to the grid, competition with solar and local opposition have dampened enthusiasm, at least for now.

Vermont Gas launches bio-methane pilot program

Vermont Gas building

The bio-methane, which is derived from the decomposition of manure and organic materials in landfills, comes from Quebec.

State recommends $35,000 fine for Vermont Gas cost overrun

Vermont Gas Systems' South Burlington offices. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The department said the company should have known about market forces that would increase the cost of the pipeline well before it notified state regulators.

Utility solar project seeks to snag the last rays of sunshine

A solar panel and battery storage system at Northern Reliability’s test center in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Vermont Electric Co-op takes advantage of low-cost solar panels to capture solar energy from the south and west without trackers.

State explores changes in threshold for noise from wind projects

Members of the Vermont Public Service Board pass through a rally in Montpelier ahead of workshop to discuss the health effects of wind turbine noise Tuesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Science and perception collide as residents claim stress factors from living near large wind turbines.

Nine towns awarded grants for solar projects

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the latest grants for renewable energy projects Tuesday at Northern Reliability’s facilities in Waitsfield. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Waitsfield receives $80,000 for installation on town offices as part of governor’s “solar tour.”

Entergy seeks to reduce emergency responsibilities after April 2016

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

The last day of operations for the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant has been tentatively set, according to Mike McKenney, the plant’s emergency preparedness manager.

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