Energy

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.

Many questions remain about the proposed sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. We're looking at all the latest developments on this "Vermont Edition."
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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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The passing of the federal Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act has been in the news because it authorizes millions of dollars to address the water crisis in Flint, Mich. But the legislation may also help pay for repairs to an historic Vermont dam.

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An appeal of water quality requirements for a hydroelectric facility has boosted membership in the “friends” group for the Green River Reservoir State Park.

A consultant hired by the state says the majority of Green Mountain Power's planned system investments haven't been properly regulated. The result is a $73 million disagreement between the state and the utility.
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Green Mountain Power, the state’s largest electric utility, is dropping the “alternative regulation” system it has used since 2007 in favor of traditional rate regulation.

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It was Boston-born Ben Franklin who first used the term “battery” to describe an electric storage device. Now, nearly three centuries later, Massachusetts is hoping to jump-start the development of new kinds of batteries to power the future.

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Vermont wants to get 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources before the year 2050. And towns across the state are starting to think about where all those renewable energy projects will be built as they begin the planning process required under Act 174, Vermont's new energy siting law.

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Eight people were arrested as several hundred protesters gathered in downtown Montpelier Monday to voice their continued opposition to a controversial oil pipeline in North Dakota. 

FairPoint Communications is being sold.

The Vermont Electric Cooperative has announced that despite steadily climbing costs, the coop will not increase electric rates next year.

Green Mountain Power is looking to buy 14 hydroelectric stations in Vermont and three other New England states. The company says the deal would benefit ratepayers, but a solar developer says investments outside Vermont will slow down renewable energy development in the state.

The nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island will start producing electricity any day now. It’s a pilot project that will change the way the people on this small island power their homes and businesses. They’ve relied on importing diesel fuel up to this point.

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Developers who want to build one of Vermont's largest solar projects in Brattleboro have filed for a their state permits.

Hundreds of protesters are expected to rally in front of the Montpelier TD Bank Tuesday to show their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

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