Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus

Mike Polhamus writes about energy and the environment for VTDigger. He formerly covered Teton County and the state of Wyoming for the Jackson Hole News & Guide, in Jackson, Wyoming. He now lives in Waterbury. Polhamus studied at Southwestern Oregon Community College, University of Oxford and Sarah Lawrence College. His research has been commissioned on a variety of topics such as malnutrition and HIV, economic development, and Plato’s Phaedo. Polhamus hails originally from the state of Oregon.

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Twitter: @Mike_VTD

    Decision on turbine noise rules delayed as PSB bends

    The Public Service Board has offered to ditch a requirement that turbines be a certain distance from homes. The board suggested it would defer to concerns raised by lawmakers and others.

    Power import plan runs into grid capacity limits

    A plan to bring electricity through Vermont to southern New England is hitting a snag: There isn’t enough room on the grid. That could require in-state renewable generators like Lowell to cut output.

    Judge: Recreation, profit not part of Green River Dam equation

    Some call the ruling a blow to the village’s efforts to continue managing the dam — and the popular reservoir behind it — the same as in the past.

    With $1 million raised, land protection at Exit 4 to be complete

    “There were times … when it felt like we were a long, long way to $1 million,” said Paul Bruhn, of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. The group faced a deadline this month to buy the land from a developer.

    Lawmakers told: Board’s rules on wind sound too tough, not tough enough

    The long-running debate over sound from wind turbines got a hearing Thursday before a legislative committee reviewing changes to sound limits sought by the Public Service Board.

    Renewables, efficiency will gain steam, say energy execs

    Efforts to boost conservation and renewable energy will succeed despite opposition from President Trump and Congress, said Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell and others at a conference.

    Preservation Trust faces June 15 deadline to conserve Exit 4 land

    If the money can’t be raised June 15, the deal is off.

    Donovan says he’ll uphold climate accord’s goals

    Attorney General TJ Donovan said he has joined 18 other attorneys general in support of the international climate pact that President Donald Trump pulled out of last week. The Paris Agreement, as the compact is known, was signed by nearly every country in the world in December 2015. It aims to prevent carbon dioxide pollution […]

    Major solar installation will power Vermont customers

    Construction is slated to begin next month on a 5.7-megawatt solar array in Grand Isle that will be the largest in the state that’s selling its energy within Vermont, according to the developer. Gregg Beldock, CEO of Shelburne-based Bullrock Corp., said at least one larger solar installation has received a permit in Vermont, but he […]

    State to require inspections of heating oil storage tanks

    Tanks don’t need to be in perfect condition to pass an inspection, Cota said, but they must meet several safety standards.

    Legislative Wrap 2017: Environment and energy

    Pollution in Lake Champlain, PFOA contamination in drinking water in the Bennington area and the future of Act 250 were some of the issues before legislators this session.

    Scott backs U.S. Climate Alliance

    Two Republican governors, joined the alliance in defiance of the 2016 GOP Party platform, which calls for the United States to withdraw from the agreement.

    Karen Glitman named Efficiency Vermont director

    Glitman has worked for the Vermont Energy Investment Corp, most recently as director of strategy, policy and public affairs.

    Scott picks environmental lawyer to head Public Service Board

    Anthony Roisman has fought a range of environmental cases in his long career, often involving energy or toxics. The governor had vowed to choose someone who would oppose ridgeline wind development.