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State senators want to mothball Vermont Telecommunications Authority

As a counterpoint to a committee's broadband discussion, Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, reads from a 1905 article from Richmond arguing that electricity is not a necessity, but a luxury. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

The proposal would create a new “director of connectivity” in the Agency of Administration and press for much faster Internet service standards.

CLF seeks more details on plans to conduct more Canadian hydropower through Vermont

Carillon Hydro-electric Dam, Pointe Fortune, Quebec. Photo by Mac Armstrong.

Vermont’s pact with Canada and the region to bring electricity from Hydro Quebec to southern New England raises environmental concerns.

Senate kills bill giving towns more input in siting solar projects

If the bill had passed, the Public Service Board would not have been able to waive town zoning and screening bylaws in decisions about whether to approve energy generation projects through the Section 248 review process.

State attempts to calm hard feelings over Vermont Gas project

From left, Louise Porter, a public advocate for the Department of Public Service; DPS Commissioner Chris Recchia; and Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, spoke with Monkton landowners Thursday at a meeting on negotiations with Vermont Gas over a natural gas pipeline. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Department of Public Service steps in after residents received easement offers threatening eminent domain, urging Vermont Gas to negotiate directly with landowners.

State invests $670,000 to help finance residential energy efficiency projects

The Vermont Department of Public Service has pulled together $670,000 to reduce the upfront cost of financing residential thermal efficiency projects. During a news conference Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin and the department announced an initiative to cut down on the cost to finance thermal efficiency projects. The administration expects the money to leverage up to […]

Shumlin signs ‘public advocacy’ bill into law

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill Tuesday to expand consumer representation in utility decisions. The legislation, S.25, was prompted by complaints two years ago that the Department of Public Service did not adequately advocate for citizens in the 2012 merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service. The Department of Public Service – […]

DPS chief says regional planners should develop energy plans

Justin Lindholm, the Rutland County member of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board who works for the advocacy group Vermonters for a Clean Environment, points to a spot where he used to see moose before Green Mountain Power built the controversial wind project on the Lowell Mountains ridgeline. Lindholm was on a GMP-hosted tour of the turbine site on July 3, 2013. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Senate committee considering bill that would increase residents’ role in energy siting matters before the Public Service Board

Stowe Electric agrees to 3.5 percent rate reduction, $125K in refunds after PSB investigation

This article is by by Tommy Gardner of the Stowe Reporter, in which it was first published Jan. 16, 2014. Stowe Electric Department has agreed to lower its rates 3.5 percent. The agreement came after a six-month investigation by the Vermont Public Service Board found the utility was bringing in excess revenue. Per the Jan. […]

Temporary fix proposed for net-metering program

Darren Springer, deputy commissioner of the Department of Public Service, provided the department’s recommendation for a net metering program to the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The measure would raise the cap on how much of a utility’s energy demand could be taken up by renewable projects. It’s seen as a bridge to a scheduled makeover of the program in 2017.

AARP, Speaker back bill requiring expanded consumer advocacy by Public Service Department

House Speaker Shap Smith spoke in support of a bill to increase the role of the Department of Public Service’s public advocate during a news conference at the Statehouse Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Measure would ensure everyday Vermonters are represented before the Public Service Board.

Legislative preview: Energy proposals include 15 percent net metering cap, limits on “green energy sprawl” and efficiency program funding

James Eniti uses net metering with Washington Electric Cooperative in East Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

With Vermont Yankee now scheduled to close, attention will turn to fixing the state’s net-metering program and increasing public participation in the siting of energy projects.

State prepares to chart path toward energy goals

A growing number of homes and other buildings connected to the grid are using solar panels, without the hassles or expenses of a bank of batteries in the basement or a backup generator in a shed. Photo by Jodie van de Wetering.

Total Energy Study designed to launch debate on carbon tax and other renewable energy targets.

Industry, government and power providers hash over future energy costs, generation at AIV meeting

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott spoke during the 93rd annual Associated Industries of Vermont meeting at the Capitol Plaza Hotel In Montpelier on Tuesday. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Some of the state’s hallmark renewable energy policies have raised concerns for business forced to pay what they say are some of the highest electricity rates in the country, said William Driscoll, vice president of Associated Industries of Vermont.

Monkton landowners criticize VTGas over easement process in pipeline proposal

A group of Monkton landowners is challenging assertions by a Vermont Gas Systems executive that right-of-way negotiations related to the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline are proceeding well. The owners of 20 properties along the proposed 42-mile pipeline submitted a letter to the Vermont Public Service Board on Wednesday in which they say negotiations over […]

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