Energy

The head of the group responsible for running New England’s power grid testified before the U.S. Senate this week. At issue was cold winter days and grid reliability.

As part of its outreach, National Grid and its Granite State Power Link sponsored the Yankee Sportsman's Classic, an annual show that draws 15,000 for exhibits and workshops on hunting and angling.
John Dillon / VPR

On Thursday, Massachusetts will select bidders to supply thousands of megawatts of renewable, carbon-free electricity. Two of the competing proposals call for new power line infrastructure through Vermont in order to bring energy south from Canada into the Bay State.

In anticipation of the tariff, SunCommon stockpiled solar panels to try to keep prices low for as long as possible. President Donald Trump enacted a tariff on imported solar panels and cells that many in the industry say will slow down growth.
James Moore, Courtesy

A new tariff on imported solar panels and cells has solar companies across the country, including ones in Vermont, worried that the that growth of the burgeoning industry will slow down.

This story was originally published Jan. 8, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. ET.

New England electricity customers could get a direct benefit from a cut in federal corporate taxes — lower utility bills.

Consumer advocates in New England are calling on regulators and utilities to turn over to ratepayers any savings from a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, which the recent tax law knocked down by 40 percent.

The company that wants to buy and dismantle the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has proposed a new financial assurance plan that the state is now reviewing.
Toby Talbot / AP/file

A deal to sell and dismantle the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant needs more money to make it work, and negotiations are underway this week to resolve the issue.

NorthStar Decommissioning Holdings wants to buy the now closed Vermont Yankee plant. The company has said it could decommission the plant as early as 2026 – far earlier than the timetable proposed by the current owner, the Entergy Corporation.

Daniel-Johnson Dam
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From our friends at the podcast Outside/In, the story of how a massive, state-owned utility company came to be a symbol of the French-Canadian people.

The final witnesses gave testimony on the Northern Pass transmission line Thursday, after eight months of hearings and years of planning.

Day 70 of adjudicative hearings at the New Hampshire site evaluation committee centered on wetlands and property values.

Ray Lobdell, with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, testified in the morning session on whether Northern Pass would affect more sensitive habitat than expected.

Addison County Sen. Chris Bray, left, says Vermont could get more electric vehicles on the road by providing a financial incentive to prospective buyers.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Financial incentives for people who buy electric vehicles will be among several clean energy proposals up for debate in Montpelier next year.

State Senator Jane Kitchel, Joe Rossignoli of National Grid, Northeastern Vermont Development Association President Grant Spates and NVDA Executive Director Dave Snedeker were on hand for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Todd Bailey / Leonine Public Affairs

The National Grid energy company and economic development officials in the Northeast Kingdom have signed a deal that commits $20 million to the region for hosting transmission lines.

"Vermont Edition" hears arguments for and against a carbon tax plan that will affect gasoline and heating oil prices.
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A carbon tax in Vermont has been floated before, but never gained much traction. But a new proposal - dubbed The ESSEX Plan - is going before lawmakers in 2018.

Eversource is recruiting workers and suppliers for the Northern Pass power project, even as it awaits state approval.

The utility will hold job fairs for the major new transmission line in the North Country on Wednesday, and in Concord in January.

This photo simulation shows what the proposed Swanton Wind project might have looked like. Developers have put the project on hold for an undetermined amount of time.
VERA Renewables

Developers of Swanton Wind have decided to put the project on hold. The move has opponents of the project cautiously optimistic.

Exterior of the Vermont Gas building.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Public Utilities Commission is hiring an independent expert to assess the burial depths at several locations along a half-mile section of the Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline.

A Massachusetts utility has withdrawn a proposal for a 60-mile long power transmission line under Lake Champlain and a converter station in the town of New Haven.

National Grid had proposed the Vermont Green Line to bring 400 megawatts of power from wind projects in New York to Vermont for use in the New England power grid. The company withdrew its request for state approval in November, citing circumstances beyond its control.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has narrowed down the issues it expects to address in a new set of rules for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

The spent nuclear fuel at Vermont Yankee is being stored in dry casks on the property in Vernon.
Vermont Yankee, Courtesy

The owner of Vermont Yankee says the Public Utility Commission should not be able to hire a special consultant as it considers the proposed sale of the shuttered nuclear power plant in Vernon.

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powerful wind storm raked Vermont a week ago, reminding many just how vulnerable the state's electric grid can be to severe weather. As climate change models forecast more unpredictable weather in the future, are Vermont utilities ready for the challenges of climate change?

A coalition of environmentalists and power generators is calling for the creation of a regional cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions from the transportation sector. They’re modeling the market on a successful effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

A Green Mountain Power truck pulls out of the Middlebury shop on Wednesday. GMP said Wednesday that for people in certain towns and cities, it could be Friday night before power comes back on.
Melody Bodette / VPR

When a storm blew through Vermont earlier this week, it knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in all parts of the state. Utilities say that because these outages are so scattered, it has been a slow process to bring power back to homes. It could even be into the weekend before power is restored in some areas.

A lineman from Burlington Electric Department repairs downed wires on a transmission line in Williston Tuesday.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Thousands of Vermont households and businesses are still without power days after Sunday night's fierce windstorm. Green Mountain Power and other electric co-ops say they're making progress restoring power, but caution frustrated customers that the wait for power to return could last into the weekend.

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