After residents voted against selling their local utility to Vermont Electric Cooperative, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority has coordinated contracts with other municipal electric companies and line workers while the local government weighs options.
The batteries act like generators, providing a backup when the grid goes down and kicking in during periods of high energy usage, which lowers prices for ratepayers.
“We're used to our rich hardwood, northern forests — that's the landscape we're really familiar with in Vermont,” The Nature Conservancy’s spokesperson said. “This is so different.”
Together, a number of programs could give drivers thousands of dollars in incentives toward an electric vehicle — but not everyone can stack those perks.
“Parents and caregivers can take comfort in knowing that the water their kids are consuming at their school and child care is now safer,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine.
“Every part of our policy program is infused and concentrated on climate change and environmental justice — the most modern and relevant environmental issues that people who want to make change need to study,” said Jennifer Rushlow, dean of the new Vermont School for the Environment.
“Climate change is very much here. It's affecting us. I think that success looks like resiliency, doing the best we can to be prepared and pivoting quickly.”
The groups claim that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not provide an adequate opportunity for public comment before imposing the new restrictions on hunting with dogs.
The colony’s success raises new and hopeful questions about conservation opportunities for the species in the state.
On Vermont highways, drivers hit 49 moose in 2021 and have already hit 23 in 2022. Since 1985, 19 people have died after hitting moose on major state roads.