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]

Power line developers dismiss need for costly grid upgrades

According to the backers of the Vermont Green Line, VELCO is seeking infrastructure improvements that would add millions to the project’s cost.

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.

Pownal takes lead in solar power production

A 2.2 megawatt installation in a gravel bed will double the town’s solar capacity.

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.

Vermont Yankee buyer touts cleanup ‘dream team’

NorthStar Group Services says its detailed financial planning, tight budgets, cleanup experience and business partners will allow Vermont Yankee decommissioning to happen by 2030.

State’s largest solar array now making power for GMP

The project produces electricity for about half the cost of buying it from a third party, said CEO Mary Powell. GlobalFoundries, which owns the land, will get some of the energy too.

Fuel prices down at start of heating season

The prices of fuel oil, propane, kerosene and diesel are all down, but the upcoming winter is expected to be much colder than last winter.

Bennington region among first to write energy plan

The report contains maps of the most and least acceptable areas for solar, wind, hydro and other generating facilities. It was written under the provisions of the energy siting law the Legislature passed this year.

Shumlin celebrates efficiency program, green energy progress

Meanwhile, Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s team is signaling he’s ready to draw a line regarding large-scale wind projects, although he too supports the state’s renewable energy goal.

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.

Feds sue proposed Vermont Yankee disposal company

Waste Control Specialists is a defendant in a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit filed this week. It’s not clear how that might affect the accelerated cleanup of the Vernon nuclear plant.

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.

Illinois plant may be model for Vermont Yankee cleanup

An accelerated, outsourced decommissioning job at the former Zion nuclear plant provides some insight into how Entergy is hoping to speed cleanup by selling Vermont Yankee.