Shumlin’s inaugural address focuses on energy, environment

Gov. Peter Shumlin delivers his inaugural address Jan. 8, 2015. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Governor puts off until next week’s budget address revealing plans to deal with budget gap, property taxes and health care reform. Address focuses on Lake Champlain cleanup and renewable energy.

News release of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s inaugural address

Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the nation's first-ever pension lending regulation into law at the Statehouse on Tuesday. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Part I of governor’s third-term agenda focuses on working families, economic growth and Vermont’s quality of life in the areas of energy and the environment.

Sanders details economic agenda for America

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today outlined a progressive economic agenda to reverse a 40-year decline of the American middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else in the United States.

On the issues: The race for lieutenant governor

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VTDigger’s beat reporters compare the views of Dean Corren and Phil Scott on health care, the environment, criminal justice and the economy.

Kingdom Community Wind meets noise standards, Green Mountain Power officials say

Green Mountain Power’s 21-turbine wind project on Lowell Mountain. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

The Lowell Mountains Group is pushing Green Mountain Power to adopt a sound monitoring plan to measure noise continuously rather than in two- to three-week periods. Schnure said Green Mountain Power supports a continuous noise monitoring program for one year.

Special Report: Wind’s role in Vermont’s energy future

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

The end of federal stimulus money, uncertain reauthorization of federal incentives, difficulties in connecting to the grid, competition with solar and local opposition have dampened enthusiasm, at least for now.

Gaelan Brown: Compost powered heat

Imagine being able to heat water, buildings and greenhouses using energy captured from compost without buying or burning any fuel.

Environmentalists challenge Deerfield Wind in federal court

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

The U.S. Forest Service wants to allow Iberdrola to build a 15-turbine wind project in the Green Mountain National Forest.

Elizabeth Courtney: The Millennials — you gotta love ‘em

The “heroes” of the new millennium must clearly grasp the urgency of the climate crisis and be ready to take important steps to address it.

Guy Page: Despite EPA ‘pass,’ Vermont faces carbon reduction challenges

If we are truly concerned with our environmental footprint, then Vermont must pay attention to how our imported power is generated, and conserved.

John Greenberg: Compared to what?

Whenever anybody criticizes or promotes an energy source (or program), I recommend a simple three word reply: “Compared to what?”

Don Rendall: Green Mountain Power lowers electric rates, invests in the future

At the same time we are lowering our prices, GMP is also investing in clean, cost-effective energy sources.

Biomass plant considered for Vermont Yankee site

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Vernon officials discuss the creation of a biomass or hybrid natural gas/biomass generator after the nuclear plant closes.

Reg Wilcox: An end of an era

As we wave goodbye to Vermont Yankee, it’s now time for the state to restore our confidence in its energy policy.

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