Energy

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

Anti-nuke activist turned hydropower developer John Warshow was admired by friends and foes

John Warshow cropped

“John was a fighter, but without anger,” Mathew Rubin said. “In a business partnership that lasted 34 years, I never saw him lose his temper.”

Guilford board questions solar developers

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

Three solar projects — two by Soveren Inc. and one by GLC Powersmith Solar — were presented to the Guilford Selectboard, which questioned the developers but did not oppose the projects.

Addison County planners renew their support for Vermont Gas pipeline

The Addison County Regional Planning Commission voted Wednesday night to reaffirm its support for a natural gas pipeline making its way to Middlebury. According to a news release from Vermont Gas Systems, the commission voted 23-9 to support the project. The commission represents 21 towns in Addison County. The two parties had signed a memorandum […]

State: Vermont Yankee trust fund process ‘broken’

Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia was elected chair of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel in Brattleboro on Thursday.  Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Public Service Department, and other state officials say they are deeply concerned about how, when and for what purposes plant owner Entergy will be allowed to withdraw cash from Vermont Yankee’s decommissioning trust fund.

Opponents make case for alternatives to gas pipeline

James Dumont

On Tuesday public advocates brought in witnesses who criticized both the pipeline extension project and the calculations that the company has used to justify the efficacy of the pipeline.

PSB takes another look at Vermont Gas pipeline project

Don Rendell, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

The first day of a two-day quasi-judicial hearing into the merits of a natural gas pipeline expansion focuses on the company’s economic modeling.

Five new solar arrays proposed in Ferrisburgh; officials push back

Editor’s note: This article is by Andy Kirkaldy, of the Addison Independent, in which it was first published June 22, 2015. FERRISBURGH — Facing a batch of new solar array proposals, the Ferrisburgh selectboard earlier this month sent out a letter of “non-support” to a proposed 480-kilowatt array on the new Dollar General property on […]

Iberdrola discusses potential turbines at public information meetings

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

Wind power developer updates residents on meteorological and environmental testing and evaluation of site in Windham County.

Vermont Gas to defend natural gas pipeline at two-day hearing

Vermont Gas pipeline hearing

The Vermont Public Service Board is evaluating the certificate of public good for the project a third time because of cost increases. Auditors at PricewaterhouseCoopers say the pipeline, which will serve 3,000 customers, will cost $153.6 million.

Vermont Gas pipeline demonstrator arrested in Essex

Johanna Anderson, of Plainfield , was arrested in Essex protesting the Vermont Gas pipeline project, June 17, 2015.

A spokesperson said the demonstration was a precursor to a larger event planned for Montpelier, where a Public Service Board hearing will ultimately decide whether to renew Vermont Gas’ certificate of public good for the 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Chittenden County to Addison County.

NRC says Entergy can use decommissioning fund to store spent fuel

Dry cask storage

Entergy may use about $225 million to manage spent fuel, but only after it uses up about $143 million from a line of credit.

Public Service Dept. asks for public input on energy planning

The Public Service Department will hold four public meetings in July to gather public input on Vermont’s comprehensive energy plan. The department advocates for the public interest in front of the utility-regulating Public Service Board and is required by law to adopt an updated plan by the end of 2015, and another by the end […]

TDI, CLF reach agreement on transmission line project

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

Developer of a proposed electric transmission line under Lake Champlain more than doubles its contribution to water quality improvements.

Welch presses for more federal LIHEAP funds

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., speaks to the press Tuesday about Congress' need to regulate interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans for college students. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

The congressman’s proposal would increase federal heating assistance funding for Vermont from $19 million to $38 million a year.

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