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Renewable energy siting bill passes despite end of session wrangling

The bill halts wind turbine approvals for 45 days, to give the Public Service Board time to draft provisional sound standards that will apply through July 2017, the date by which the board must have adopted permanent rules on sound the structures produce. Those rules must allow sound from the turbines at levels no greater than the most restrictive permit the Public Service Board has yet granted.
7 May 2016

Klein: Retroactive noise standard provision may be unconstitutional

“If they come back and say, ‘We’re concerned about this retroactive date of April 15, and we believe you should make it upon passage, the effective date’ … we’d have to remove the April 15 date and the only way we could do that would be through a conference committee,” Klein said. “We are preparing for all eventualities.” The April 15 deadline ensures that a wind project proposed in Swanton would have to comply with the new standards, Klein said.
5 May 2016

Legislature must act to protect Vermonters from pollution

The more projects GMP builds, the more money CEO Mary Powell makes. ...People who live near an GMP's industrial wind project according to the Vermont Public Service Department will experience “a significant impairment of quality of life” who unlike the CEO of GMP will not be compensated by a higher bonus in their paycheck. 
23 Apr 2016

Energy siting bill passes with stricter wind provisions

The bill now states that on or before Sept. 15, 2017 the Public Service Board “shall adopt” specific sound standards for industrial wind turbines. These standards, once adopted, would apply to any project application submitted since April 15. “That provision is huge,” said state Rep. Michael Hebert, R-Vernon. “It addresses in a substantial way the concerns of the people here. They may finally get relief.”
22 Apr 2016

Vermont renewable siting bill has uncertain fate in the House

After receiving dozens of hours of development and revision in Senate committees and on the floor, the ever-changing energy siting bill, S.230, appears to be faltering in the House Energy Committee. “As this goes on I’m getting more concerned that we are running out of time, and I don’t want to force something through that is not complete.” 
14 Apr 2016

Citizens group asks AG to investigate green-energy ‘corruption’ in Vermont government

On March 22, Vermonters for a Clean Government delivered a 16-document packet to the attorney general’s office that provides ammunition for investigating “suspected misconduct” among top Vermont officials. One of the documents, an eight-page petition for a corruption investigation, cites potential ethics violations ranging from conflicts of interest and favoritism to influence peddling and collusion.
11 Apr 2016

Senate votes to allow more local scrutiny of wind power

“The question here really is are we so distrustful of the Public Service Board — and for some in this room I'm sure the answer is yes — that the board can actually develop policies and behave in a way that does ensure people can have peaceful living if they happen to be located near a wind turbine,” Ashe said. In fact, the answer to that question was yes for the majority of the senators in the room, and the amendment passed.
2 Apr 2016

Market Policies, Emissions Goals on Collision Course in New England

Backers of gas generation countered that renewables are benefiting from government-backed subsidies and long-term contracts that threaten to reintroduce government-mandated integrated resource planning. ...state policies are giving renewables undue advantage and undermining conventional generators’ investments in the market.
21 Mar 2016

Zero, zilch, nada: Bernie Sanders' home state gets no energy from solar, wind

"To meet Vermont's ambitious renewable energy goals, we have to be able to count the solar and wind projects developed here in the state. The sale of RECs out of state makes that impossible," said Professor Kevin B. Jones, deputy director of the IEE and Energy Clinic. "Any policy that allows for such sales makes it harder and harder to achieve these legislated goals. And, in the meantime, more and more of the state's best solar and wind sites are being developed to meet the RPS [renewable portfolio standard] goals in Massachusetts and Connecticut."
29 Feb 2016

Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England

"Subsidizing an overdependence on one foreign government-owned source of electricity will lead to lost jobs and soaring energy bills for decades to come," said Dan Dolan, the group's president....Hydro-Quebec would use increased U.S. exports to subsidize lower prices for its provincial customers, in turn costing New England ratepayers an estimated $20 billion over 25 years.
7 Feb 2016

Energy siting discussion reveals Vermont’s portfolio standards as culprit

“The  results show that we would need 42 new megawatts of wind, 10 new megawatts of hydro and 174 megawatts of solar,” she said. “When we first saw those numbers it took our breath away quite literally because the numbers seem so huge.” ...The state, in her view, does have the property available for such projects without encroaching on sensitive residential areas or environmental habitats.
4 Feb 2016
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