Energy

Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

The utility will shoulder the cost of a continuous sound-monitoring program at the wind farm on Lowell Mountain.

Vermont utilities could lose millions of dollars in energy credits

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The Vermont Legislature looks to set a renewable portfolio standard that would establish by law how much electricity generated from wind, solar and other renewable resources utilities must sell to customers.

Entergy pegs decommissioning cost at $1.24B

Spent fuel rod storage containers, at Entergy Vermont Yankee. File photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

Entergy releases its plan for removing the Vernon nuclear power plant, which calls for a SAFSTOR process that would have the plant sit idle for at least 25 years. State officials had hoped for 10 or 15 years.

NG Advantage sells majority stake to California firm

  A California-based natural gas company has acquired a majority stake in NG Advantage, a Milton company that delivers compressed natural gas to commercial and industrial customers. Clean Energy Fuels Corp., a provider of natural gas fuel for transportation, purchased a 50.1 percent share of NG Advantage on Wednesday. The company owns about 500 natural […]

New weather model will prepare utilities for severe storms

Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power, joined state and private company officials to announce the Vermont Weather Analytics Center at a news conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury on Wednesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Vermont Electric Power Co. is investing $16.6 million in a new weather forecasting tool that will better predict severe storms. The system should help utilities and state agencies prepare for weather events, and facilitate recovery efforts.

Net metering booms in Vermont

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

Vermont’s net-metering program has grown sixfold over the past five years, and is expected to continue to accelerate before the uncertain changes to the federal solar tax credit in 2016.

Vermont Yankee receives discharge permit

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in Vernon. Photo courtesy Vermont Business Magazine

The two-year permit properly addresses the discharge from the facility while it is generating power, allows the company time to establish a post-closure operation regime, and allows ANR time to evaluate and permit the facility’s post-closure discharge.

WalletHub study labels Vermont as most energy-efficient state

A SunCommon solar installation. Courtesy photo

Even if the state of Vermont is no longer the national leader in energy efficiency policy, Vermonters lead the nation in energy efficiency in their day to day.

PSB won’t reopen Vermont Gas pipeline case

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

Despite a $35 million increase in estimated cost, the Public Service Board ruled Friday that Phase One of a proposed natural gas pipeline in Addison County can keep its certificate of public good.

Developers pitch high-voltage power line through Lake Champlain

Donald Jessome, president and CEO of TDI New England, presents his company's proposal for a 154-mile hydroelectric transmission line running from Canada under Lake Champlain and into Vermont. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The proposed line would carry Canadian hydropower underwater in Lake Champlain and eastward across central Vermont to the New England power grid. Many questions remain about potential environmental impacts.

GMP taking down power lines in Burlington’s Waterfront Park

Green Mountain Power is removing power lines and poles that diminish the view of Lake Champlain from Burlington’s Waterfront Park, company officials said. GMP said it is removing the 50-year old utility line this week from the Moran Plant to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. It will remove lines north of the Moran […]

Energy-efficient housing project brings pilot home to Bennington

Workers place a new energy-efficient mobile home in the Willow Mobile Home Park in Bennington. The mobile home is the first of its kind, featuring air-tight windows, electric heating and cooling, solar power and elecrtic water. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/photos.benningtonbanner.com

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board partnered with Efficiency Vermont for a pilot program that is subsidizing 10 private purchases of the “next generation” of modular mobile home, the Vermod Nordic Home.

State reaffirms support for Vermont Gas pipeline

Vermont Gas building

State officials say the pipeline does not need to be re-evaluated, in spite of a significant increase in estimated cost. Opponents of the pipeline have called for a reopening of the case by the Public Service Board.

Pipeline cost increase prompts policy concerns

Vermont Gas building

Following a 40 percent increase in the estimated cost of a natural gas pipeline, some lawmakers are questioning the project approval process, and whether customers should foot the bill for cost overruns.

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