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Vt. Tech Sees Big Energy Savings
Thursday, 01/17/13
Officials at Vermont Technical College say a school competition and a grant from IBM helped reduce the school's electric bill by more than $40,000 in one year.
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New Energy Siting Panel Hears Complaints From Both Sides
Friday, 11/30/12
By John Dillon
Both energy developers and the citizens who oppose their projects complain that the state's regulatory process is too burdensome. But both sides fundamentally disagree about what's wrong, and how to fix it.
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New Energy Siting Commission Begins Review Of Projects
Wednesday, 10/31/12
By John Dillon
A new state commission has begun to wade into the contentious debate over where Vermont builds energy projects.
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Fuel Assistance Now Pays Cash For Those On Wood Heat
Wednesday, 10/24/12
By John Dillon
As Vermont heads into the heating season, the state has launched a major change in how it helps people who heat with wood. For the first time, the fuel assistance program is making benefits directly to people on electronic debit cards.
VPR News
Castleton Considers Ban On Industrial-Scale Wind
Monday, 10/08/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Castleton's Planning Commission is working on changes to ridgeline zoning regulations. The commission says there's widespread agreement that commercial development shouldn't be permitted on at least 20 peaks.
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New Vt. Commission To Review Energy Projects
Thursday, 10/04/12
By John Dillon
Gov. Peter Shumlin has named a new commission to consider ways to improve how energy projects are sited and approved in Vermont. The governor's executive order follows increasingly contentious debate over large-scale wind projects.
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Sanders, Weinberger Tout Business Program To Help Vt. Energy Efficiency
Monday, 10/01/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger are touting a new revolving loan program that will allow businesses to work with the city-owned electric department to make energy upgrades.
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Montpelier Approves State's First Downtown Heating System
Wednesday, 08/29/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Montpelier's City Council has approved a plan to upgrade and expand a state operated wood-fired heating system for downtown buildings, reversing its decision last week to kill the project due to financial concerns.
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Montpelier Council Votes To Kill Heating Project
Thursday, 08/23/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Montpelier's City Council has opposed a district energy project that called for the city to enter a contract with the state to purchase thermal energy, even after voters approved it.
VPR News
Vt. Communities Continue To Seek Energy Efficiencies
Friday, 08/10/12
In Montpelier, the city's energy committee next Tuesday will host its first so-called "Energy Challenge Town Meeting." The city says the goal is to help residents get ready for winter by giving them information about home energy audits and weatherization measures.
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Fair Haven Hopes To Ensure Proposed Biomass Facility Is Built
Thursday, 08/02/12
Fair Haven's select board is continuing to push a plan for Massachusetts-based Beaver Wood Energy to build a 34-megawatt generator along Route 4 near the New York border.
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Vt. Considers Power Plants To Ease Transmission Grid
Wednesday, 05/30/12
By John Dillon
The Vermont Electric Power Company, which operates the statewide grid, is exploring alternatives to building costly new transmission upgrades.
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Fair Haven Considers Hydro Project
Tuesday, 05/08/12
The town's Energy Committee is distributing a study exploring the feasibility of a low-impact hydro project.
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Nuclear Power After Fukushima
Monday, 03/12/12
Alex Chadwick examines the future of nuclear power one year after the Fukushima Diichi nuclear disaster.
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VELCO Debate Moves To Ownership Study
Friday, 02/10/12
By John Dillon
An effort to gain public ownership of the statewide transmission grid has stalled in the face of strong opposition from the governor and utility lobbyists. Lawmakers are now debating whether to study the idea.
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Analysis: Energy Issues In Vermont
Friday, 01/13/12
By Jane Lindholm
VPR's John Dillon analyzes energy issues facing the state including the CVPS/Green Mountain Power suit against Vermont Yankee and the nuclear power plant's lawsuit against the state.
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Vermont Edition
New Vermont Energy Plan Stresses Renewables
Tuesday, 10/18/11
By Jane Lindholm
Vermont's draft Comprehensive Energy Plan sets a goal of 90 percent renewable energy sources by 2050.
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Residential Building Energy Code Goes Into Effect
Tuesday, 10/04/11
By Neal Charnoff
Vermont's Energy Commissioner says the new code, which became effective October 1st, updates the state's standard to be more in line with the current international energy conservation code.
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Seeking Advice, Vt. Launches New Energy Website
Monday, 06/20/11
Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the launch of a new government website that he says will serve as a one-stop source of information related to the state's energy plan. Comment: What revisions would you make to the state's energy plan?
Vermont Edition
Shumlin Defends Stance On Energy Issues
Friday, 06/03/11
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin spent much of this winter focused on his plan to overhaul the state's health care system, but now he turns his attention to a number of energy issues.
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Shumlin Has Plan For Promoting Energy Projects, Without Surcharge
Monday, 04/11/11
By John Dillon
Governor Peter Shumlin upset some lawmakers last week when he opposed a fee on electric bills one day after the House had endorsed it. Now Shumlin is proposing an idea he says will spare consumers and help pay for renewable energy development.
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Vermont Edition
Commercial Wind Power's Role In Vermont
Monday, 08/23/10
By Steve Zind
Advocates for commercial wind projects say Vermont lags behind other New England states in developing wind as a source of power. But opponents say that's a good thing. Our guests debate the benefits and downsides.
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