Energy

VTDigger covers electric utilities, renewable energy, nuclear and natural gas industries in Vermont. Mike Polhamus is our energy reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

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.

Citizens panel wants help to deal with Vermont Yankee sale

The group gets some administrative aid from the state. But some argue that, with Vermont Yankee up for sale, it’s time for the panel to hire its own experts.

Federal application filed for Vermont Yankee sale

In more than 200 pages, NorthStar Group Services Inc. lays out its argument for buying the Vernon plant from Entergy. The company wants an NRC ruling by year’s end.

State wants public input on Vermont Yankee sale

The Public Service Board’s schedule for reviewing the transaction calls for two public hearings in Vernon – a response to those who had lobbied for more opportunities for comment.

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.

Former state official bows out of Vermont Yankee case

Elizabeth Miller won’t be working for Entergy as the company seeks to sell the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

Entergy spends $125M of fund since Yankee shutdown

The Vernon nuclear plant’s decommissioning trust fund has decreased by about 15 percent since the end of 2014. But Entergy says its projects so far have been under budget and on schedule.

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.

Burlington Electric, Vermont Gas announce new energy saving program

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Electric Department and Vermont Gas are hoping a little friendly competition will induce city residents to be more energy efficient. A new website will allow customers to compare their energy use to people with similar housing and offer them a “wide-range of possible steps, services, and savings opportunities based upon each […]

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.

Proposed nuke panel shakeup irks senator

The plan would increase the citizen advisory panel’s legislative representation while limiting it to lawmakers from Windham County. That means Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange, a Vermont Yankee critic, could no longer be a member.

Vermont Yankee to move fuel in spring

Much of the Vernon nuclear plant’s radioactive spent fuel remains in a cooling pool, but crews will start transferring it to more secure casks in April. That job is scheduled for completion in late 2018, in time for the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee to a New York company.

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.