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Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

May 11, 2015 by Willem Post

The renovated City of Montpelier, Vermont district heating plant is a wood chip-fired plant that also has a capacity of 40 million Btu's per hour. The plant heats a total area of 411,000 square feet through the use of a steam loop and a hot water loop.[read more]

High Renewable Energy Costs Damage the Vermont Economy

January 28, 2014 by Willem Post

With regard to renewable energy, it DOES matter what Vermont does, especially if it is on the wrong track to the detriment of Vermont’s economy, which has been in near-zero-growth mode since about 2007, with declining real household incomes since about 2000.[read more]


Vermont Wind Energy: Why 'Must Take' Wouldn't Be a Mistake

December 21, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Vermont Wind Energy

Shutdowns and cutbacks of Vermont wind farms in January, July, and October by the New England Independent System Operator were hard to understand, harder to accept, and served to pull back the curtain on who has the authority to decide what power can and can’t be generated and used in Vermont.[read more]

Dangerous Precedent or Slippery Slope?

June 13, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Clear Cutting for Wind Energy


The governor of Vermont last year established the “Energy Generating Siting Policy Commission,” after citizens protested a proposed wind farm, to evaluate how much local input should be required in energy siting decisions.[read more]

Solar Energy: As Germany Goes, So Goes Vermont?

May 9, 2013 by Meredith Angwin

solar energy inspiration?

The German program was an inspiration to the crafters of Vermont’s May, 2009 feed-in tariff law, the energy-generation lynchpin of the state’s plan to use 90% renewables by 2050.[read more]

Energy Policy is Key to Vermont's Future

January 22, 2013 by Meredith Angwin

Guy PageVermont has excellent prospects for strong and sustained economic growth and a high quality of life if it can fashion a more prudent energy policy.  This is a central conclusion in a recent report released by The New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business organization.First, the good news.The report, Smart...[read more]

Vermont Leaders Back Away from Renewable Energy Goals

February 24, 2012 by Willem Post

Some Vermont renewable energy policies and programs are the result of "constituent service" by ambitious legislators to enable the grabbing of as much federal subsidies as possible by Vermont and out-of-state renewables oligarchies, i.e., vendors, project developers, financial-types-selling-tax-shelter LLCs, i.e., the top 1% of...[read more]

Vermont Energy Plan Review: Hurry Up, Renewables!

September 20, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

Comments on the Comprehensive Energy PlanThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has issued a draft Comprehensive Energy Plan for Vermont, and they have opened it for public comment. This document covers all types of energy use in Vermont: home heating, transportation, electricity. It is the document Governor Shumlin wanted:...[read more]

Vermont Gov. Shumlin Seeks To Close Nuclear Plant AND Reduce GHGs- Illogical!

August 30, 2011 by Rod Adams

   Yesterday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumulin appeared on Democracy Now to talk about the effect of Hurricane Irene on his Green Mountain State. Twice in the interview, he used the words irrational, but throughout the interview he and his interviewer were remarkably illogical.Though many parts of his state were being...[read more]

Sanders The Sole Vote Against Small Modular Reactor Research

August 19, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

Bernie Sanders and Small Modular Reactors Senator Bernie Sanders often speaks about his opposition to Vermont Yankee as having something to do with the age of the plant, the fact it is owned by Entergy, or his "state's rights" stance about regulating nuclear power plants.Recently, however, Sanders made it clear that he is against nuclear...[read more]

Slide Show on Vermont's Energy Future

August 11, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

I recently recorded a 45 minute slide show about Vermont's Energy Future. I had been meaning to do this for a long time. I want to thank the people at CATV studio of White River Junction for their work and patience in recording this, and Cavan Stone for his thoughtful editing. I hope you enjoy it!The show covers Vermont Yankee issues...[read more]

Was Vermont's Lowell Mountain Wind Turbine Facility A Good Idea?

July 15, 2011 by Willem Post

The Green Mountain Power 63 MW Lowell Mountain wind turbine facility with (21) 3 MW Danish, Vestas V-112 wind turbines, 367.5-ft (112 m) rotor diameter, 275.6-ft (84 m) hub height, total height (275.6 + 367.5/2) = 459.3 ft, stretched along about 3.5 miles on 2,600 ft high ridge lines, has nothing to do with community-scale wind,...[read more]

The Nuclear Safety Paradox

June 29, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

Over the past several months, a thought has been at the back of my mind about nuclear safety. I feel is important to enter this issue into the ongoing discussion about Nuclear Power in our country.[read more]

Entergy Files Suit To Keep Vermont Yankee Open

April 18, 2011 by Meredith Angwin

This morning, Entergy filed suit to keep the Vermont Yankee plant open by requiring Vermont to honor its signed contracts. The State of Vermont signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Entergy in 2002. The State has attempted to amend that contract on a one-sided basis. Entergy's lawsuit was described in a Burlington Free Press...[read more]

A Bad Deal with Hydro-Québec

December 29, 2010 by Meredith Angwin

Vermont Yankee Might Close, and Vermont Was DesperateAs I pointed in in a recent post, in previous power agreements with Hydro-Québec (HQ), Vermont took 10% of HQ power, and in return, gave HQ 40% of its profits. Not good for Vermont.New power agreements with HQ were announced this year. Are they better? No. They were deals struck by...[read more]