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Ross Conrad: Fossil fuels not Vermont’s solution

Steve Wark’s recent purported “simple but powerful formula,” “Phase I + Phase II = Rutland,” is not a formula at all.

Melanie Peyser: Cut losses on the pipeline

With the PSB deciding this week whether to reconsider the costs and benefits of the project, time is running out for Vermonters to digest the disastrous details of escalating costs and imaginary benefits of moving forward with the project.

Two arrested at Vermont Gas pipeline project

Raymond Micklon (center) and David Przepioski, both of Craftsbury Common, locked their necks together in an eight-foot-deep ditch Monday to protest the Vermont Gas pipeline extension through Addison County. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger

Two members of the group Rising Tide Vermont were arrested Tuesday after locking their necks together in an attempt to stop work on a natural gas pipeline project in Williston.

Christopher Bray: Pipeline Phase 2 comes at too high a constitutional price

Whose interests should predominate? Those of private landowners unwilling to sell easements that would enable the pipeline to cross their properties? Or is there a “public use” for which there is a “necessity,” and the sale of easements should be forced upon these landowners?

Rebecca Foster: A whole lot of mooching

A Canadian company and a Tennessee company desire to increase their profits, but at what cost, to whom?

Rebecca Foster: Taking care or breaking bad

After a history of environmental stewardship, Canada has gone increasingly mad for oil and gas exploitation.

Energy 2012 recap: State approves Gaz Metro merger of Vermont’s two largest utilities

GMP CEO Mary Powell

Gobbling up the lion’s share of the state’s electric market did not come without a fair share of clamor.

Vermont Gas aims to lay gas line under Lake Champlain

Vermont Gas headquarters in South Burlington. VTD/Josh Larkin

The line would end just south of Middlebury and branch off west to serve International Paper in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

Vermont Energy Partnership report says state faces 31.4 percent “gap” between power demand and guaranteed electricity

Utilities typically leave a percentage of their portfolios open in order to get the best current prices on the market.

Gaz Metro seals the deal: GMP and CVPS merge

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According to its statement, with the Vermont utilities, Gaz Metro’s assets are now valued at close to $5 billion.

McClaughry: More taxation by unaccountable strangers

Time was, not long ago, when the PSB passed expert judgment on utility-structuring and power-purchase agreements solely on the least cost for bringing electricity to Vermont’s consumers.

Digger Tidbits: VELCO bond sale to pay for transmission upgrades; Poll shows Vermonters divided on Yankee, support $21 million cash payback to CVPS ratepayers

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

VELCO uses a 50/50 debt-to-equity ratio to fund projects. The $120 million bond will allow for $240 million in upgrades.

Brock launches online petition to refund ratepayers

BROCK LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION DRIVE URGING GOVERNOR SHUMLIN TO REPAY RATEPAYERS $21 MILLION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 17, 2012 CONTACT:  Randy Brock (802) 230-4450   Montpelier, VT – Vermont gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock (R) launched an online petition.randybrock.com/refund petition drive today urging Governor Shumlin and Gaz Metro to directly repay CVPS ratepayers $21 million owed as part […]

Silverstein: Vermont energy policy — A play in three acts (so far)

The disloyal citizen grumbles that the Wizard’s greatest magic is making Vermonters’ hard-earned dollars disappear and then reappear in Canada.

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