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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    Scott says he’s found right person for DEC chief at last

    She’s Emily Boedecker, most recently of the nonprofit group Local Motion. The governor also filled a job that remained open at the Public Service Department.

    Legitimacy of new net metering rules questioned

    They went into effect without the usual vetting by the Legislature. The chair of the committee that reviews rules says the Public Service Board may have overstepped.

    Vermonters take border diplomacy into their own hands

    “Neighbors look after each other, and I really did feel like I treated my neighbor badly,” one resident said of the reason for his visit to a Canadian Muslim who was denied U.S. entry.

    Pearce suggests steps other than fossil fuel divestment

    A new report underscores the risks and costs of dropping those assets from the state pension fund. But there might be other options, the treasurer said.

    Legislation aims to restart carbon-pricing discussion

    The bill would authorize the governor to enter into a cap-and-trade program. It’s a different approach from the carbon tax that stalled last year.

    Senator raises idea of requiring rooftop solar for big buildings

    “We’ve got all these big box stores … with ugly roofs,” Sen. Claire Ayer said while calling for a study of whether those surfaces could generate electricity.

    Bills seek to limit disposable plastic bags

    One piece of legislation would ban retailers from providing them, while the other would impose a 10-cent fee for each bag.

    Future of clean energy investment fund uncertain

    The fund will need a new revenue stream if it’s to continue, says a legislative report. Supporters say it represents a good investment.

    Vermont Gas to take financial hit for pipeline missteps

    An agreement with the state will cap the company’s income for three years as a penalty for shortcomings in handling the early stages of the project, whose costs ballooned.

    Bill would lock state into Shumlin energy goals

    Critics of Vermont’s renewable energy goals have argued that state leaders are pursuing an agenda legislators never endorsed.

    Report: Vermonters could reduce trash by half

    Vermonters throw away nearly 400,000 tons of refuse each year.

    Welch seeks infrastructure improvement ideas

    Regional planners at Friday’s meeting said they had hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infrastructure needs in their communities.

    Georgia Mountain turbine operator fined $2,000 over icy blades

    The facility’s permit says it must shut down under those conditions. The fine resulted from complaints called in by residents who live nearby.

    Barre man sought in shooting of former Frost Heaves player

    Markus Austin was the first player on the semi-professional basketball team, the Vermont Frost Heaves.