VTDigger covers electric utilities, renewable energy, nuclear and natural gas industries in Vermont. Mike Polhamus is our energy reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

Vermont Yankee fund benefits Rutland solar, other projects

Green Mountain Power, due to its former ownership stake in the Vernon nuclear plant, receives periodic disbursements from a Vermont Yankee insurance fund and puts much of the money into renewable energy projects.

Vermont Yankee’s plan to send tainted water into river ‘on hold’

A spokesman says a water intrusion problem at the shut-down nuclear plant has abated. That means Entergy is not pursuing a proposal to send water into the Connecticut River that is contaminated with low levels of radiation.

Citing ‘imprudent’ costs, regulators urge Vermont Gas rate cut

The Public Service Department says $53.1 million of the cost of a pipeline project should be thrown out because it was imprudently spent or hasn’t been properly documented. The department also says it’s time for a new way of setting rates.

New pro-wind group comes out of firm that works for developer

Iberdrola Renewables, which wants to build 43 turbines in southern Vermont, is represented by KSE Partners. A representative of the lobbying firm wouldn’t say whether Iberdrola is funding the group.

Green Mountain Power to buy 14 more hydroelectric dams

The company could strengthen its renewable energy portfolio to meet statutory requirements with the agreement to buy the New England dams and draw power from two others.

Windham agrees to vote on state’s largest wind project

Town officials this week approved a Nov. 8 ballot question to gauge support for the 28-turbine Stiles Brook Wind Project proposal. Developer Iberdrola Renewables has said it will abide by the outcome of such a vote.

Regulators knock back GMP rate hike request

The company sought a 3.53 percent increase when it filed rate-setting papers July 1 with the Department of Public Service. The regulatory process took that down to 0.93 percent.

ANR conditions will curtail Morrisville utility’s hydroelectric production

The new conditions are part of Morrisville Water & Light’s relicensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and would cut back how much power is made at the hydroelectric dams on the Green River Reservoir and the Lamoille River.

Timber company key player in controversial turbine plans

Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd. is a prominent property owner in Vermont and Windham County, but the company has provoked the ire of anti-turbine advocates by proposing to host the state’s largest wind power installation.

Opponents blast new rules on wind turbine sound limits

Opponents say temporary standards should establish at minimum a volume limit of 30 decibels inside a home, but measured with open windows regardless of the time of year.

Entergy signs two-year deal to pay for emergency planning

The company will pay a total of $600,000 in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 for emergency planning activities related to the shut-down Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

First responders benefit from ‘free pile’ at Vermont Yankee

The shut-down nuclear plant in Vernon has donated surplus emergency and office equipment valued at tens of thousands of dollars. Many fire departments in and around the plant’s former emergency planning zone were able to scoop up gear.

Lawyer for pipeline foes says illegal meetings played role in Hinesburg pact with Vermont Gas

Hinesburg officials say they didn’t violate open meetings laws when discussing an agreement to let Vermont Gas Systems build a pipeline through a town park.

Vermont Gas officials and opponent attorney clash before PSB

Attorney James Dumont claims a key agreement between the town of Hinesburg and Vermont Gas is invalid.