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

    Regulators look to improve Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

    Since 2005 states enrolled in RGGI have reduced the carbon-dioxide emissions of their electricity generation by more than 45 percent.

    Danish renewables ‘architect’ to speak at Lake Morey Saturday

    Soren Hermansen will talk about how Samsø has transitioned its energy mix entirely to renewable sources over the course of a decade.

    Lawmakers urged to find funding for Lake Champlain cleanup

    If toxic blue-green algae continues to bloom unabated on the lake, it could hurt the $2.5 billion tourism economy.

    UVM researchers say lake cleanup plan may be flawed

    A new paper says the EPA-approved plan for Lake Champlain doesn’t adequately take into account global climate change when setting limits on pollution that feeds toxic algae blooms.

    Neighbors challenge Hannaford to keep stormwater to itself

    Plans for a proposed supermarket in Hinesburg have been revised so the parking lot wouldn’t send water onto another property except during the most severe storms. But opponents say that’s not enough.

    Protester with Vermont connections hurt in North Dakota anti-pipeline action

    A New York woman may lose her arm after being hurt in a showdown with police while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Sophia Wilansky, a 21-year-old from the Bronx borough of New York City, suffered traumatic injuries to her left arm early Monday, allegedly as the result of police firing concussion grenades […]

    Hazardous toys still available online, warns advocacy group

    Vermont Public Interest Research Group said advocates had found 16 products for sale online that had been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Solar developer fails in appeal to PSB over net metering

    SunCommon wanted Green Mountain Power to accept one of its projects for the program, which the state had limited in the interest of keeping power prices down.

    Region told pipeline squeeze may push up power prices

    Energy leaders meeting in Boston last week said the New England states need to make it easier to build infrastructure to bring in more natural gas and get more renewable power from Canada if they want to control prices and meet green energy goals.

    No need to finish pipeline before appeal is decided, say foes

    In a filing with the state Supreme Court, opponents dispute Vermont Gas Systems’ claims that further delays would hurt customers and the environment. The company wants to finish although its final necessary easement is in legal limbo.

    Tests suggest low risk from chromium in Vermont’s public water

    The levels are far below any existing regulatory standards. But several results in Vermont exceeded the limit that advocates and some scientists recommend to prevent a significant risk to public health.

    Treasurer, auditor and secretary of state cruise to new terms

    Beth Pearce, Doug Hoffer and Jim Condos win their contests by wide margins.

    Degree, Branagan take Franklin County Senate seats

    Lawmakers look to tackle job growth and the budget when the session starts in Montpelier.

    Montpelier council to let public weigh in on manager’s future

    An unofficial decision by a majority of councilors not to renew William Fraser’s contract — for unspecified reasons — has revealed deep divisions within the city.