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]

Kingdom route eyed for power line to Massachusetts

National Grid says it would use an existing transmission corridor, although expanded right of way access is needed at the northern end. The line would carry hydro- and wind-generated power.

State approves solar array that will be Vermont’s largest

Coolidge Solar in Ludlow and Cavendish will benefit the state and not have “undue adverse impacts,” the PSB said. It will be four times the size of the biggest solar array currently operating.

State grants tribes role in Vermont Yankee sale review

The Elnu Abenaki and the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi can serve as intervenors in the Public Service Board’s review of the nuclear plant’s proposed sale.

State, Entergy spar on contamination question

Despite a detailed 2014 assessment of the Vermont Yankee site, state officials say they don’t have enough information about nonradiological contamination at the nuclear plant.

Vermont Supreme Court to hear pipeline eminent domain case

Hinesburg residents appealed a decision that allowed Vermont Gas Systems to use the power of eminent domain to build a pipeline under a town park. The work is just weeks from completion.

House passes backup plan on energy efficient appliances

The bill was spurred by President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which features dramatic cuts to an array of government functions including energy-efficiency standards on appliances.

In community meetings, NorthStar makes its pitch

The company’s CEO has been talking with Windham County leaders about plans to clean up Vermont Yankee.

Public Service Department backs sale of TransCanada dams

The department says Great River Hydro’s purchase of 13 hydroelectric stations on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers “will promote the general good of the state.”

State cancels Vermont Yankee hearing, accepts intervenors

VERNON – Because of the winter storm predicted for Tuesday, state officials have canceled a public hearing that day regarding the proposed sale of Vermont Yankee. The Public Service Board’s hearing, which had been scheduled for 7 p.m. at Vernon Elementary School, has not yet been rescheduled. Tuesday’s meeting would have been the first of […]

Conflict over PSB authority coming to a head this week

A legislative committee determined that regulators overstepped with a new rule on net metering. Now the PSB will say how it plans to respond, while lawmakers consider an end-run.

New noise limit would end turbine development, say advocates

The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.

Tribe wants say in Vermont Yankee sale

The Elnu Abenaki Tribe, saying the area sits on “culturally significant homelands,” filed to intervene in a state review of the nuclear plant’s proposed purchase.

Feds commit to Vermont public meeting on Yankee sale

After receiving multiple requests, Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials have agreed to come and take questions about the Vernon plant’s proposed license transfer.

Purchase of 13 dams on the Connecticut River nearing finish line

The deal includes six Connecticut River hydro stations – Moore, Comerford, McIndoe, Wilder, Bellows Falls and Vernon. And seven more properties on the Deerfield River. In all, the dams generate 560 megawatts of power.