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]

Nuclear dismantler touts safety, experience for Vermont job

If Vermont Yankee is sold, Washington, D.C.-based AREVA Nuclear Materials will be in charge of cutting up, packaging and transporting the reactor to a disposal site in Texas.

Decision on turbine noise rules delayed as PSB bends

The Public Service Board has offered to ditch a requirement that turbines be a certain distance from homes. The board suggested it would defer to concerns raised by lawmakers and others.

Judge blocks $367 million sale of Vermont Yankee disposal firm

Texas-based Waste Control Specialists, which handles radioactive waste disposal for the Vernon nuclear plant and was to be a major player in its decommissioning, can’t be sold because of antitrust concerns.

Power import plan runs into grid capacity limits

A plan to bring electricity through Vermont to southern New England is hitting a snag: There isn’t enough room on the grid. That could require in-state renewable generators like Lowell to cut output.

DPS criticizes noise monitoring plan for wind project

Among other things, the Department of Public Service wants the state, not the developer, to choose the contractor that will measure compliance with noise limits.

PSB rejects call for Deerfield Wind project halt

The developer says it will now comply with DMV registration for construction vehicles traveling on the road. But the board said registration doesn’t qualify as a “necessary permit.”

Vermont Yankee buyer seeks ‘reasonable’ deal with state

Though his company faces increasing skepticism, NorthStar Group Services CEO Scott State says it is still committed to purchasing and decommissioning the shut-down Vernon nuclear plant.

New Vermont Public Service Board chair won’t hear Vermont Yankee case

Anthony Roisman has recused himself from reviewing the Vernon plant’s proposed sale. Roisman recently represented the state in Vermont Yankee matters.

State sees ‘significant risk’ in Vermont Yankee sale

If the buyer runs out of money to decommission the plant, “this would place public health, safety and the environment at risk,” according to the Public Service Department and the attorney general’s office.

Vermont Yankee offers safety assurances as fuel move starts

A spokesman said experience, training, equipment and oversight will allow for the safe transfer of the plant’s spent fuel into more secure storage by the end of next year.

Lawmakers told: Board’s rules on wind sound too tough, not tough enough

The long-running debate over sound from wind turbines got a hearing Thursday before a legislative committee reviewing changes to sound limits sought by the Public Service Board.

Renewables, efficiency will gain steam, say energy execs

Efforts to boost conservation and renewable energy will succeed despite opposition from President Trump and Congress, said Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell and others at a conference.

Companies defend Vermont Yankee sale review process

Entergy and NorthStar Group Services want the Vermont Public Service Board to dismiss an anti-nuclear group’s objections regarding the plant’s proposed sale.

Major solar installation will power Vermont customers

Construction is slated to begin next month on a 5.7-megawatt solar array in Grand Isle that will be the largest in the state that’s selling its energy within Vermont, according to the developer. Gregg Beldock, CEO of Shelburne-based Bullrock Corp., said at least one larger solar installation has received a permit in Vermont, but he […]