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State granted hearing on Vermont Yankee trust fund use

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The federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board has decided that the state of Vermont can have a hearing regarding Entergy’s request to withdraw money from the Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund without notifying the federal government 30 days in advance.

Entergy should seek another site for spent fuel, planners say

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The Windham Regional Commission asserts that the company’s plans could delay the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee and drive up costs.

Two Windham County hydroelectric projects could be online by fall

The Townshend Lake hydroelectric dam. Photo courtesy Eagle Creek Renewable Energy

The developer of combined 3.1 megawatt power stations at Townshend and Ball Mountain dams says the long-delayed projects will meet a Dec. 31 state deadline.

TransCanada loses appeal of tax assessment against Rockingham

Editor’s note: This article is by Domenic Poli, of the Brattleboro Reformer, in which it was first published Aug. 25, 2015. ROCKINGHAM — The town has won its tax case involving TransCanada. Rockingham went to court with the North American energy giant over a tax appeal regarding the latter’s hydroelectric dam at 20 Mill St. […]

New plan mitigates environmental impacts of Northern Pass project

Power lines cut across a Vermont hillside. VTD/Josh Larkin

The plans to install a 192-mile transmission cable bringing 1,000 megawatts of hydropower to New England’s power supply was originally going to have only eight miles of underground cable, but will now have 60 miles.

Pownal fire district residents vote down solar array, 31-12

Editor’s note: This article is by Edward Damon, of the Berkshire Eagle. It was first published in the Bennington Banner on Aug. 18, 2015. POWNAL — Residents have rejected a proposed solar array on land owned by a local water system. Residents voted 12-31 against the project Monday in what turned out to be a […]

State sues federal regulators over Vermont Yankee trust fund

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The lawsuit is the latest step in an ongoing dispute between the state and the federal regulators over how Entergy can spend money from a Vermont Yankee decommissioning trust fund.

Bennington Select Board votes to oppose two solar projects

A solar array in Williston. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

The two solar arrays are proposed to be separated by a fence, and have different access roads in addition to other infrastructure. But they are owned by the same company and critics refer to them as the same project and say their separation is a “legal fiction.”

Windham waste district signs solar deal

A solar array in Williston. Photo by Roger Crowley for VTDigger

The Windham Solid Waste Management District has finalized its deal with a solar power developer that will pave the way for the developer to build what will eventually be one of the largest solar arrays in the state of Vermont.

Blittersdorf proposes two 500-foot wind turbines in Irasburg

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

Owner of All Earth Renewables wants to erect two, 500-foot towers on land he owns in the town, but local officials are wary.

SolarCity to debut in Vermont; local solar company pounces on error by national rival

A screenshot of SolarCity's placeholder copy that was posted briefly on its website Thursday.

SolarCity, a national solar energy company, briefly goes live with erroneous copy, which Vermont’s SunCommon was quick to point out.

NRC approves step toward eliminating emergency protection requirements at Vermont Yankee

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission finds no significant impacts if Entergy discontinues its emergency planning zone around the idle Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan garners praise from Vermont leaders

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Vermont doesn’t need to make any costly cuts to emissions, but will still enjoy the benefits of cleaner air from surrounding states thanks to the Clean Power Plan – which may be why state leaders, representatives and notable citizens have been nearly unanimous in their support of the program.

AARP claims Vermont Gas withheld information on pipeline contractor

Greg Marchildon, state director for AARP Vermont, says the states two largest utilities need to pay Vermont ratepayers $21 million in return for a bailout more than 10 years ago. Photo by Alan Panebaker

AARP says company failed to disclose problems it was having with a contractor that it eventually fired.

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