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.
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.
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.
Natural gas will provide a bridge to renewables while doing what no political effort has managed more effectively: eliminate coal plants.
If it is going to require 200 miles of our ridgelines to reach Vermont’s 90 percent renewable goal, will the remaining 400 miles be enough to save New England?
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.
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.
The regional plan is one of the first to be written under a state law that aims to give locales more say in where solar, wind and other projects are built.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.
As Vermonters search for ways to act locally to improve the affordability and economic vitality of our state, the Climate Economy Model Communities Program just launched provides just such an opportunity.