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The Public Service Board says the Missisquoi Abenaki Tribe can take part in the regulatory hearings for the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

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The Vermont Public Service Board has ruled that the developers of a Swanton wind project will not be able to get a long-term price contract with Vermont utilities under an expired power purchase program. But despite that setback, the project developers plan to move forward.

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The Public Service Board has issued its draft rules on wind turbine sound that, if adopted, would put much stronger restrictions on wind development in the state.

IBM and the Vermont Electric Power Company have teamed up to form a new technology company to help manage the electricity grid.

Twenty-first century technology has made its way onto a 19th-century building in Hamden. WNPR recently visited the headquarters of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, which just installed solar panels on its office.

Something happened at Union Bank a couple weeks ago that hasn’t happened in the three decades president David Silverman has been with the bank. 

The Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel wants federal regulators to schedule a meeting in Windham County as Entergy seeks approval to sell the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

As natural gas gets diverted for home and other heating this winter, the head of New England's electricity grid is warning about possible future risks to the region's power.

The federal department that oversees pipeline safety is looking into Vermont Gas Systems' 41-mile extension into Addison County.

Vermont Gas Systems says its 41-mile pipeline has stayed within its budget this past quarter, and is on track to be completed this spring. The news comes after costs have ballooned nearly 50 percent in the last three years.

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Net Zero Vermont has announced a winner for its Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Entrants were tasked with creating a sustainable vision for the capital city that could be achieved in the next 13 years. 

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A recent report commissioned by the Vermont Attorney General’s office says the system of “alternative regulation” used by Green Mountain Power for 10 years failed to hold the utility fully accountable for its spending, and customers suffered the consequences.

A recent report commissioned by the Vermont Attorney General’s office says the system of “Alternative Regulation” used by Green Mountain Power didn't hold the utility accountable for its spending — and customers are suffering the consequences.

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A New York firm says it can decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant for far less money, and in much less time, than previously projected. But nuclear watchdogs say the “seductive” proposal needs intense scrutiny before regulators allow the deal to proceed.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled its first meeting with the company that wants to purchase and decommission Vermont Yankee.

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Officials at the Burlington Electric Department spent much of their holiday weekend cleaning up someone else’s mess.

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The promise of low mortgages and reduced expenses has people all over the country moving into what are called "tiny houses." Generally up to 400 square feet in size, the structures are an affordable, self-reliant alternative to typical family dwellings.

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It takes a lot of electricity to keep an ice skating rink running. That's part of why the Woodstock Union Arena has created a four-tier plan to reduce energy costs, which account for about one-third of its business expenses.

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A nearly 500-foot tall proposed wind turbine is causing contention in the small town of Holland in the Northeast Kingdom. But this is just the latest in a series of controversial renewable energy projects causing a stir in the rural area, pitting pastoral beauty against innovative environmental causes.

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It appears the siting of industrial wind projects could be a key issue during the 2017 legislative session. That's because Governor-elect Phil Scott says he wants lawmakers to enact a two-year moratorium on all large, ridgeline wind proposals.

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