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Developers Say Solar Is Part Of Vermont's Energy Future
Friday, 04/15/11
By Mitch Wertlieb
The Ferrisburgh Solar Farm is the largest installation of its kind in the state, providing 1 megawatt of power, creating enough power for 170 homes.  The project includes 3,800 panels covering 10 acres of land.
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Vermont Air Guard Plans Solar Project
Friday, 04/15/11
The Vermont Air Guard is going solar. Guard officials, accompanied by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, will break ground Monday on an $8.5 million renewable energy project they say will sharply cut base utility costs.
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Landowners Concerned About Power Lines Near Wind Project
Thursday, 04/14/11
By John Dillon
A proposal for 20 turbines on Lowell Mountain has stirred controversy in the Northeast Kingdom. But there's another piece of the project that hasn't received as much attention. Utilities want to build a new, 15-mile power line to get the wind power out to the grid. The line would cross many pieces of private property. And some landowners don't like it.
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House GOP Cool To Shumlin's Renewables Plan
Wednesday, 04/13/11
Republicans in the Vermont House are expressing skepticism about a plan Gov. Peter Shumlin has put forward to replace tax credits for renewable energy development with smaller grants.
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PSB Says Biomass Plants Need Act 250 Approval
Thursday, 04/07/11
By Susan Keese
A Vermont Public Service Board ruling means new hurdles for a company that wants to build "biomass" energy projects. Beaver Wood Energy wants to build two plants. Each would generate electricity by burning wood left over from logging operations. Both plants would then recycle heat wasted in producing power to manufacture wood pellets for commercial sale. But the state says the project needs an extra layer of regulatory review.
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Lawmakers Drop Controversial Fee On Renewable Energy Bill
Wednesday, 04/06/11
By John Dillon
Lawmakers in Montpelier have dropped a controversial fee on utility bills that's designed to jumpstart renewable energy projects. Critics say the 55-cent monthly fee is a regressive tax that will harm low income people.
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House Backs Energy Bill Despite Opposition To Consumer Fee
Tuesday, 04/05/11
By John Dillon
The House has advanced an energy bill that increases opportunities for Vermonters to make their own electricity. But there remains opposition to a proposed fee on electric bills that would fund renewable energy programs. That fee proposal sparked a heated exchange in the Democratic caucus.
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Energy Bill Includes Small Fee For Utility Users
Wednesday, 03/16/11
By John Dillon
An energy bill moving through the House would impose a small fee on utility bills to fund renewable energy projects. Backers of the bill describe it as a stopgap measure until the Shumlin administration crafts a new state energy plan.
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Pownal Biomass Project May Be On Hold
Thursday, 03/10/11
By Susan Keese
A panel of experts met at Bennington College to consider how a 30 megawatt biomass plant might impact the region's forests, air, water and communities.
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Legislators Aim To Boost Incentives For Renewable Energy Projects
Thursday, 01/27/11
By John Dillon
Legislative leaders are crafting a bill that would expand incentives for renewable energy projects. The bill sets targets for clean energy development and broadens a program known as net metering.
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Regulators Won’t Challenge Renewable Energy Incentives
Tuesday, 10/12/10
By John Dillon
Renewable energy developers around Vermont are breathing a sigh of relief these days. That's because state regulators have decided not to challenge wholesale electric rates designed to be an incentive to renewable power projects.
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Federal Ruling Casts Doubt On Vermont Renewable Energy Program
Wednesday, 08/04/10
By John Dillon
A federal ruling has cast doubt on a Vermont program designed to promote renewable energy.
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Pownal Holds Meeting On Proposed Solar Installation
Tuesday, 06/29/10
By Susan Keese
Plans are moving forward for a green energy park at the former `Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal. Two renewable energy projects, one solar and another using wood, are in the works for the 144-acre property.
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Dynapower Gets Grant For Energy Storage System
Saturday, 05/15/10
By Ross Sneyd
A South Burlington company plans to build a pilot project to demonstrate how wind and solar projects can help power the electrical grid even when it's dark, or the wind is calm.  
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Lawmakers Pass Bill Making Hydro-Quebec 'Renewable'
Friday, 05/07/10
By Bob Kinzel
Legislation that would designate Hydro Quebec as a source of renewable energy could soon be on its way to the governor's desk. The bill generated debate, but it was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate.
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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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Advocates Say Vermont Lags In Wind Power
Friday, 04/30/10
By John Dillon
Renewable energy advocates say Vermont lags behind other New England states in supporting large-scale wind projects. They cite a recent decision by developers to postpone a controversial wind project in Ira as evidence that the state is an unfriendly place to do business.
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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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Incentive Program Will Help Small Scale Energy Installations
Thursday, 04/22/10
By John Dillon
Vermonters looking to install small scale solar or wind systems can get help from a state incentive program. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund will provide $5.5 million in incentives to install the renewable energy systems.
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Bill Spurs Debate Over Definition Of 'Renewable'
Friday, 04/16/10
By John Dillon
There's some debate over language in the approved renewable energy bill that defines power from large-scale hydroelectric projects as renewable.
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Utilities Want Renewable Label For Hydro-Quebec
Monday, 04/05/10
By John Dillon
To help Hydro-Quebec export more power, utilities want the Legislature to designate large scale hydro power as a "renewable" resource. Some environmentalists are concerned that the change would hurt the emerging renewable market in New England.
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Schools Share $6 Million In Energy Grants
Tuesday, 03/30/10
By Ross Sneyd
Dozens of schools and towns across the state will share in nearly six million dollars to pay for renewable energy and efficiency projects. The projects range from wood-pellet-fired boilers for schools in East Montpelier and Fayston to a geothermal system at the Sutton School.
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Denmark's Renewable Energy Model For VT
Wednesday, 03/24/10
By Steve Zind
VPr's Steve Zind talks with U.S. Ambasador to Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen about his country's renewable energy initiatives.
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Fight Brews Over Renewable Energy Program
Monday, 01/25/10
By Bob Kinzel
The Douglas administration says a new renewable energy program adopted by lawmakers last year is bad for consumers and the Vermont economy. But a legislative chairman says those conclusions are dead wrong.
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Racetrack To Become Green Mountain Energy Park
Wednesday, 01/20/10
By Susan Keese
The long-defunct Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal could soon be generating electricity. The track's owners say prospective tenants are lining up to become part of their proposed Green Mountain Energy Park.
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