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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.

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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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As our reliance on solar and wind energy grows, so does the challenge of reliability: The wind and sun can’t be turned on and off whenever people need electricity. One part of the solution is energy storage. 

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There was partisan bickering. There was procedural gamesmanship. And finally, after 11 long hours in the Statehouse, there was a policy resolution in Montpelier on Thursday. 

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A federal appeals court says spent nuclear fuel can remain on site after a nuclear reactor closes.

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The developers of a 60-mile power line under Lake Champlain have notified towns that they plan to file with Vermont regulators to build the project.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed legislation that would give towns an opportunity to have more say in the renewable energy siting process. And while Shumlin says he’s ready to work with lawmakers to salvage key aspects of the bill, Republican legislators are not in a mood to bargain.

Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed a controversial energy siting bill, triggering a special legislative veto session on Thursday where lawmakers can try to override his rejection or try to fix the portions he finds unacceptable and send it back.

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Vermont Gas systems is working on another season of construction of its Addison County natural gas pipeline, which company officials have long  said will be finished this year. Now, two legal challenges have caused company executives to lose confidence that the project will be completed by the end of this year and within its $154 million budget.

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A group of Hinesburg residents got legal standing last week to fight Vermont Gas Systems on the company's effort to build a pipeline through a town park. They say the chosen route for the pipeline would be devastating for a rich ecosystem that includes state-designated wetlands.

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