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Renewable Energy Consequences
Wednesday, 03/13/13
By Jane Lindholm
A new report from The Wilderness Society looks a range of different renewable energy sources that we might use in New England and details the impacts and consequences of each.
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Hydro Advocates Tout Bill That Expedites Permitting
Thursday, 05/10/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Some advocates would like to see Vermont towns go back to the renewable energy future by relying more heavily on hydroelectricity. They say a bill to simplify the permit process that's pending on Governor Peter Shumlin's desk would make that more likely, but skeptics say hydro is still too inefficient and expensive.
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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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Vt. Legislature Supports Hydro Bill
Tuesday, 05/08/12
By Kirk Carapezza
Hydroelectric advocates are touting a bill that was approved by the Legislature and is now heading to the governor's desk. The measure would expedite permitting for small-scale hydro-electric projects.
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Voices In The Week's News: August 19, 2011
Friday, 08/19/11
These were some of the voices in the news this week.
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Shumlin Heads To Labrador To Discuss Hydro Power
Thursday, 08/18/11
By Bob Kinzel
Gov. Peter Shumlin will travel to Labrador this weekend to speak with Canadian officials about bringing large amounts of electricity generated by their hydro dams to the New England region.
VPR News
Group Looks To Bring More Canadian Power To New England
Monday, 07/11/11
By Bob Kinzel
Vermont could be host to a major new transmission line to carry power from Canada to southern New England. Officials from the region and eastern Canadian provinces say they want a study to identify the best route for the line.
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State Approves West River Hydro Projects
Monday, 05/30/11
By Susan Keese
Proposals to make hydro-electric power at the West River dams in Townshend and Jamaica have been approved by the state. But now time is running out for incentive programs that supporters say the project needs to succeed. So developers and others want the federal hydro-licensing agency to pick up its pace.
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State Approves West River Hydro Projects
Monday, 05/30/11
By Susan Keese
Proposals to make hydro-electric power at the West River dams in Townshend and Jamaica have been approved by the state. But now time is running out for incentive programs that supporters say the project needs to succeed. So developers and others want the federal hydro-licensing agency to pick up its pace.
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CVPS Buys Local Hydro Producer
Thursday, 03/03/11
By John Dillon
The state's largest electric utility is buying one of Vermont's smallest. Central Vermont Public Service has agreed to buy the assets of the Vermont Marble Power Division of Omya.  
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Rockingham Seeks New Talks With Dam Owner
Tuesday, 02/22/11
The Rockingham Selectboard wants to re-open negotiations with the owner of the Bellows Falls dam and hydroelectric station over payments the company will make to the town beyond their taxes.
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In Trip To Quebec, Shumlin Focuses On Hydro Power
Tuesday, 02/15/11
By Bob Kinzel
Governor Peter Shumlin would like Vermont to buy more power from Hydro-Quebec to replace the electricity that will be lost if the Vermont Yankee plant shuts down next year. That's why purchasing power from Hydro-Quebec was one of the top items on Shumlin's agenda during a two-day trip to Canada.
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Small Hydro Projects Move Forward
Monday, 06/21/10
By Susan Keese
Many of Vermont's villages and towns were built around water power, and many of the small dams that produced that power still exist. But few of the old dams have been revived. Critics have blamed the state Agency of Natural Resources for the holdup. Officials say that's beginning to change.
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Questioning The "Green" Label
Friday, 06/11/10
By John Dillon
Hydro-Quebec is completing construction of a five billion dollar river diversion project. The work is part of the provincial utility's effort to position itself as supplier of clean, renewable energy to the U.S. market. But native Cree in the region question the "green label.
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VPR's John Dillon On Canadian Hydro Development
Friday, 06/04/10
By Bob Kinzel
VPR's Bob Kinzel talks with reporter John Dillon about hydro-electric projects that have been built by Hydro-Quebec and the construction of new dams.
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Is Hydro-Quebec 'Renewable' Energy?
Friday, 05/07/10
By Bob Kinzel
Lawmakers are in the midst of a debate over whether power produced by Hydro-Quebec should be considered "renewable." We'll hear from both sides of the debate. Also, an update from the Statehouse as the Legislature works toward adjournment.
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Utilities Want Renewable Label for Hydro Power
Thursday, 04/29/10
By John Dillon
A Senate committee is grappling with how to define clean and green electricity. The question is important for Vermont's two largest utilities. They say they may be able to get a more favorable deal for customers if power from large hydroelectric dams in Quebec is considered renewable energy.
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Burlington May Reverse Ban On Hydro-Quebec Power
Tuesday, 04/13/10
By John Dillon
The publicly owned utility in Vermont's largest city may reverse its longstanding ban on buying electricity from Hydro-Quebec. The decision may hinge on the definition of "renewable energy."
Vermont Edition
Vermont's Relationship With Hydro-Quebec
Tuesday, 03/23/10
By Steve Zind
The CEO of Green Mountain Power and a regulatory expert explain the role Hydro-Quebec has played in Vermont's energy portfolio, and what the new 26-year deal for hydropower means for the state's energy future. And Lebanon, NH, considers changes to its zoning ordinances.
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Utilities Reach Historic Agreement With Hydro-Quebec
Thursday, 03/11/10
By John Dillon
Vermont's two largest electric utilities will buy electricity from Hydro-Quebec for 26 years. The historic agreement caps more than a year of negotiations.
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TransCanada’s Hydroelectric Holdings To Be Reappraised
Thursday, 03/11/10
By Susan Keese
Property tax disputes with TransCanada Hydro Northeast are creating uncertainty in some towns where the Canadian company's dams and property are located. Officials hope a state funded reappraisal of its holdings in Vermont will help clear the air.
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Commissioner says state should seek long-term power from Hydro-Quebec
Wednesday, 09/15/04
Public Service Department Commissioner David O'Brien says the state should strongly consider renegotiating its power contract with Hydro-Quebec as part of Vermont's large range energy plan. The Hydro-Quebec contract currently accounts for about 28 percent of the state's energy mix and it's scheduled to expire in 2016.
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New Hydro-Quebec Contract May Be Signed This Week
Tuesday, 03/09/10
By John Dillon
Utility executives hope to sign a new power contract with Hydro-Quebec this week during a top level trade mission to Quebec City, where Governor Jim Douglas will meet with Quebec Premier Jean Charest.
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Towns pass hydro power permitting resolutions
Wednesday, 03/07/07
By Susan Keese
A number of towns passed resolutions urging the state to simplify the permitting process for small hydro-power operations. Among those towns was Putney, where resident Steve Bachler sees a lot of small hydro potential.
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Energy experts say Hydro Quebec contracts likely to be renewed
Tuesday, 02/19/08
By Bob Kinzel
There's a good chance that Vermont will be able to meet a sizeable portion of its future energy needs by renegotiating its power contracts with Hydro Quebec. That's the word from the head of the Central Vermont Public Corporation - the state's largest utility.
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