We might as well explicitly acknowledge the Department of Public Service as being advocates for the companies and quit pretending that they represent the public’s interests.
Department of Public Service
The company planning a 41-mile natural gas pipeline expansion in Addison County announced Friday that the project will cost $154 million. It is the second time this year that Vermont Gas has dramatically raised the estimate.
A new state law will allow more state residents to join “net metering” programs, but will slightly reduce the value of the energy credits they receive. Solar installers say the industry is robust enough to thrive even with the reduction.
The Department of Public Service says a system such as a renewable portfolio standard would better meet the state’s energy goals than the current voluntary system.
The water density of this week’s storm was a surprise, state and utility officials say. According to Roger Hill, a professional meteorologist in Worcester, the water to snow ratio where he is located was 5 to 1. He said this is unusually wet and more common in coastal areas.
The state aims to get 90 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2050. But a new report says Vermont will fall short unless new policies are put in place.
The owner of Vermont Yankee will not dip into the decommissioning fund to pay for initial spent fuel storage after closing this month, but still plans to do so for other spent fuel costs.
State officials say complaints about FairPoint service have sharply increased since a strike began Oct. 17. The state investigation could result in fines and/or mandated changes in service.
IOUs like GMP should be virtuous corporate citizens – every last one of them eligible for B Corp status – because the law requires such virtue of them.
Commissioner Chris Recchia said the 911 outage endangered public safety and is another example of FairPoint’s inadequate response to ongoing service problems.
Slow service response times are an increasing concern as a strike at FairPoint’s Northern New England operations enters its fourth week. State regulators have told FairPoint that if the situation doesn’t improve, an official investigation may be launched.
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.
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.
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.