Sustainable Power

Melody Bodette / VPR

The Department of Public Service has rejected New Haven's energy plan.

Georgia Mountain Wind

The Public Utility Commission is imposing new restrictions on the Georgia Mountain Community Wind project.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The Shumlin Administration is deciding if the state should purchase a 560-megawatt hydro system on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers. But the deal would impact much more than Vermont's energy portfolio.

The transaction would give the state control of recreational facilities along the rivers, and there are environmental issues like erosion and wildlife and aquatic habitats to consider.

AP/ Toby Talbot

A rift has developed among New England states over who should pay for transmission lines needed to carry electricity from renewable energy projects.

The issue is whether ratepayers across the region should foot the bill for power lines needed for southern New England. The debate has pitted Vermont against some of the more populated states to our south.

Southern New England – in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut – needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates.

John Dillon- VPR

Renewable energy businesses are calling on Vermont to meet 20 percent of its energy needs in six years from sustainable energy sources.

The goals include more solar and wind systems, plus a carbon tax to fund new investments in efficiency programs.

Vermont now meets about 11 percent of its energy demand through renewable generation.

Renewable Energy Vermont, the trade association for wind, solar, biomass and other renewable developers, says it’s past time to up that percentage.

VPR/Susan Keese

A North Bennington entrepreneur has won state and federal permits to generate electricity at a 200 year old dam site on the Walloomsac River.

The developer says it took four years, and a lot of dialogue and collaboration to design the project.

Bill Scully and his company Carbon Zero purchased the old Vermont Tissue Mill in North Bennington in 2008.