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]

GMP seeks five percent increase

A company spokesperson said the rate request will be subject to a “robust regulatory review.”

Vermont Yankee cleanup partner stops work on nuclear dump

Waste Control Specialists says it faces too many financial hurdles to pursue a high-level waste facility in Texas. But that doesn’t have to jeopardize the proposal for cleaning up Vermont Yankee.

VOSHA investigating crane operator’s death at wind project

Information about VOSHA’s investigation won’t be released until it’s concluded. The worker was electrocuted when the crane he was operating touched power lines, according to police.

Hydro relicensing moving ahead, says dams’ new owner

But the company says some environmental studies still aren’t done for the Connecticut River generating stations, and there’s a “long way to go” in the process.

Companies complete sale of hydro dams

Great River Hydro LLC, a subsidiary of a Boston firm, is the new owner of hydro dams that had been owned and operated by TransCanada Corp. since 2005.

1 dead in accident at Deerfield Wind site

A worker died after the crane he was operating came into contact with high tension power lines at the wind project site in Searsburg.

Electric buses get trial run in quest for sustainable transit

One is giving free rides on Green Mountain Transit routes. The Burlington Electric Department is using state money to help GMT and UVM try out the vehicles.

Proposed Vermont Yankee cleanup company responds to concerns

AREVA Nuclear Materials is defending the timing, cost and safety of a plan to accelerate the cleanup of Vermont Yankee.

UPDATED: New pipeline now in use, says Vermont Gas

“It’s been a big challenge,” said CEO Don Rendall. A legal action by opponents is still pending, and a federal safety agency is investigating the pipeline’s construction.

Power line developer makes pitch for key energy contract

Massachusetts has officially gone shopping for 9.5 million megawatt-hours of renewable energy over 20 years, and the developer of a planned power line under Lake Champlain is offering to provide it. The Bay State earlier this month issued a request for proposals to supply the power. The energy transmission firms responding include Transmission Developers Inc., […]

Pipeline foes press concerns about construction quality

They are asking the governor to set aside the permit from the Public Service Board. Meanwhile, a federal safety agency is looking into construction practices.

State approval clears way for sale of TransCanada dams

The Vermont Public Service Board says Great River Hydro, a subsidiary of a Boston company, can buy 13 hydroelectric stations on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers.

Two small hydropower sites planned in North Bennington

The projects at existing dams on Lake Paran and Paran Creek are being sponsored by the village and developed with the help of college students and volunteers.

Questions dominate Vermont Yankee sale discussion

Many who spoke at a meeting in Vernon want the former nuclear plant site cleaned up quickly. But they’re not yet convinced that NorthStar – the proposed buyer – can do it right.