Energy

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Last Friday, Democratic candidate for governor Matt Dunne issued a press release detailing his stance on wind energy projects in Vermont. His position hasn’t gone over well with some of his key supporters, and one of his primary rivals has become the beneficiary of their anger.

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A U.S. District Court judge in Burlington has ordered the Vermont Public Service Board to allow the public to attend Thursday's hearing on the Vermont Gas pipeline project.

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A Hinesburg citizens group opposing the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline filed a complaint Monday alleging that some town officials and company representatives violated Vermont's open meeting law. 

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The Public Service Board on Thursday issued interim noise standards for commercial and small scale wind projects.

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As the Village of Swanton makes plans to renovate a historic dam in the center of town, village officials say outside forces - from state regulators to environmental activists - are spending more time pointing out problems than looking for solutions.

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A Huntington woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Vermont Public Service Board Friday in an effort to force the board to allow the public into an upcoming hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

The Village of Swanton is planning to upgrade an old dam to generate hydroelectric power, but the state's Agency of Natural Resources says it can't support the plan without getting answers to some key environmental questions.

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Vermont's utility regulators are holding a hearing next month in one of the final legal challenges to the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline project, and the public isn’t allowed to attend.

Vermont Gas Systems has been saying that the company's pipeline to Addison County will be finished and in service by the end of this year, but now its top executive is expressing doubts about that.

On Monday's Vermont Edition, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall said the pipeline will be completed "when we can resolve Geprags Park and have that piece of the puzzle available for us to connect the pipeline from the north and the south."

Four Vermont environmental groups are teaming up to formally oppose the renovation of a dam in Swanton.

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A state regulatory body is about to recalibrate electricity prices for many renewable energy projects in Vermont, and advocates for solar power say the proposed changes could dismantle a critical industry.

If elected governor in November, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he’ll work to stop industrial wind development in Vermont. Scott says his goal is to come to a consensus with the Legislature about how to regulate wind development, but that he would act unilaterally if necessary.

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A special vote next week to elect a member of the Grafton Select Board will be a bellwether for how the town feels about co-hosting what would become Vermont's largest wind project.

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The company that owns the hydro system that the state might buy has completed a $13 billion acquisition of a natural gas pipeline.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Officials at Vermont Gas Systems are trying to figure out what to do about the route of the company’s planned pipeline through a Hinesburg park after a scientist working for opponents found inaccuracies in the company’s application for an environmental permit.

The state is allowing Vermont’s largest utility to continue accepting community-scale solar projects. Last fall Green Mountain Power hit the cap, maxing out how many of these types of solar projects can be hooked up to the grid.

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Town officials in Windham are asking developers of a commercial wind project to suspend their work in the region.

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The Public Service Board has approved Entergy Vermont Yankee's request to build a second dry fuel storage pad in Vernon.

The Shumlin administration says it's optimistic that the state will be part of a deal to purchase a series of hydro dams along the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers.

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Thursday morning, lawmakers gaveled open a special session of the Vermont Legislature. Governor Peter Shumlin had earlier vetoed a bill that deals with the siting of renewable energy projects. Going into Thursday, it was an open question whether senators and representatives would override the veto, rewrite the bill or let the veto stand. 

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