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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]

NG Advantage to truck natural gas to International Paper

NG Advantage trailers

-+*The company abandoned plans to pay for a Vermont Gas pipeline extension last month.

Vermont Gas pipeline buildout will be on time and on budget, despite delays

Vermont Gas building

-+*The company says it has spent $61.5 million on the pipeline, which now stretches 5 miles from Colchester to Williston. The project is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2016.

PSB chair opposes freeze on energy efficiency charge

James Volz

-+*The Public Service Board, a quasi-judicial regulatory body, approved a three-year budget for the state’s energy efficiency programs last year. Volz said the freeze would cut revenue for existing budgets.

Stowe Electric proposes power array in gravel pit

South Burlington's new twenty-five acre solar farm promises to generate a reported 2.2 megawatts of electricity for the state, enough to power roughly 450 homes. VTD/Eric Blokland

-+*The 1-megawatt solar facility would put Stowe about a quarter of the way toward meeting the RESET standard. Selectboard plans to put $3.5 million bond before voters.

Solar developers seek to expand net metering

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

-+*Advocates say the plan would help large customers, like businesses and schools, generate their own electricity.

Study shows carbon tax would grow state’s economy

Carbon tax

-+*A carbon tax would create 3,000 jobs, according to a new study. Critics say it would hurt the state’s economy.

Vermont Yankee opponents file comments with NRC

Dry cask storage

-+*Anti-nuclear group submits concerns over dry cask storage, safety and emergency planning around the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Low-income weatherization funding to decrease July 1

weatherization

-+*Funding for the state’s five weatherization programs will drop from about $10.5 million to $8 million, according to Geoff Wilcox, administrator for the state’s weatherization program.

NRC largely rules against anti-nuclear groups on Entergy funding

Vermont Yankee 2010

-+*Four anti-nuclear groups, including Vermont’s Citizens Action Network, filed a petition to the NRC in March 2013 calling on regulators to shut down three plants.

Dry cask storage safe, at least for the short term, expert says

The dry cask storage units outside of the Vermont Yankee plant. Photo by Laura Frohn, News21.org

-+*Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel questions Jay Tarzia, the chair if the New Hampshire State Radiation Advisory Committee, on the safety of dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel.

Recent incidents at Vermont Yankee highlight ongoing security

Vermont Yankee

-+*Even though a checkpoint at the main entrance is unmanned following staffing reductions in January, officials say armed, on-site security personnel are keeping a close watch and will react to any attempt to enter the site.

State regulators weigh penalty against Vermont Gas

Eileen Simollardes

-+*The company withheld details of a 40 percent cost increase from regulators for six months. “I wish I had done this differently,” said Eileen Simollardes, a vice president at Vermont Gas Systems.

Lawmakers hear from both sides on energy siting policy

energy siting

-+*Some say solar and wind projects harm Vermont’s aesthetic character, while others say giving towns more control would slow progress on greenhouse gas emissions.

Hydro-Quebec looking south to new markets

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Gov. Peter Shumlin discuss the relationship between Vermont and Quebec during a dinner ceremony at a energy conference in Burlington on Monday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

-+*Provincial officials who joined Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin at an energy conference say they need a conduit from Quebec’s huge power dams to energy-craving metropolitan centers in southern New England.

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