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House gives preliminary approval to renewable energy bill


Measure to strengthen the state’s renewable energy policy clears first hurdle, but GOP plans to seek removal of a key component after the town meeting break.

State appeals decision on Vermont Yankee emergency monitoring

The State of Vermont has appealed a decision by federal regulators Monday in an effort to keep in place real-time emergency monitoring at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The plant in Vernon went permanently offline Dec. 31 and Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant, confirmed in January that all spent nuclear fuel […]

Amendment to H.40 freezes energy efficiency charge

Adam Greshin

Rep. Tony Klein said compromise was made to gain support for RESET program. “We took one for the team,” he said.

Real cost of state’s renewable energy program unknown, economist says

Economist Tom Kavet. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

Hard to predict factors include the fluctuating price of fuel oil and electric rates.

Residents seek assurance from feds on Vermont Yankee decommissioning

Deb Katz Citizen Awareness Network

Residents and state officials are worried that federal regulations are inadequate to hold the plant owner accountable if there is insufficient money to decommission the facility.

Renewable energy makeover clears House committee

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

A proposed remake of the state’s renewable energy program cleared its first major hurdle Tuesday with broad support from a panel of lawmakers. After three weeks of deliberation, the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee voted 10-1 to pass H.40, a bill requiring utilities to sell renewable power and incentivize fossil fuel consumption reductions by […]

Special Report: New renewable standard would revolutionize energy use in Vermont

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If lawmakers don’t replace the current system this legislative biennium, electric rates could jump 6 percent statewide, and as high as 20 percent for Burlington customers, according to state officials.

Changes in net-metering energy projects proposed

Solar panels on the McKnight Farm in East Montpelier make use of the state's net metering program. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Under the state’s revised renewable energy program, customers who want to retire energy credits for their solar projects would have to buy those credits from the utility.

Entergy makes first withdrawal from decommissioning fund

Michael Twomey, Entergy vice president of external affairs, addresses legislators at a joint hearing held in Vernon on the future of the region after the Louisiana-based corporation shuts Vermont Yankee's doors. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Owners of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant removed $12 million last week to pay for planning and site evaluation.

Vermont Gas pulls plug on pipeline to New York

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With financial support from the International Paper mill withdrawn, “the project doesn’t make sense anymore,” said VT Gas CEO Don Rendall on Tuesday.

Federal regulators won’t investigate Green Mountain Power for alleged deceptive marketing practices

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

FTC clears GMP in communications complaint but urges company to be more clear in its renewable energy claims.

Vermont Supreme Court gives PSB permission to reopen Vermont Gas pipeline permit

The Vermont Public Service Board was given permission to reevaluate a proposal by Vermont Gas Systems to build a natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury. The Vermont Supreme Court on Monday granted the request by regulators for the authority to make changes to or revoke the utility’s state permit to build a 41-mile, $154 […]

Radioactive contamination detected at Vermont Yankee

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Sr-90, a fission byproduct found in nuclear reactors, was detected in samples collected from 21 monitoring wells on the plant compound last August, officials said. The water is not available for human consumption, and the concentration levels are below federal safe drinking water thresholds.

NRC approves staff reductions at Vermont Yankee

Federal regulators approved staffing reductions at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which went permanently offline Dec. 31. Entergy, the Louisiana-based company that owns the plant in Vernon, reduced its workforce from 529 to 326 employees on Jan. 19. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved an amendment to the company’s operating license that includes reductions emergency […]

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