Articles filed under Energy Policy from Vermont

Energy officials: Supply looks good Flurry of power plant plans may ease crunch

Under the agreement, ISO New England will project regional power needs three years in advance and hold annual auctions to buy power resources, including new and existing power plants. Incentives would encourage private operators to respond to power system emergencies, and operators that don't make extra capacity available would face penalties.
1 Oct 2006

Business Leaders Consider Vermont Energy Future

The group of executives at the state’s largest employers talked about the state’s energy future. The track record to date isn’t bad. Vermont has the least expensive electric power in New England, due to low-cost sources at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and Hydro Quebec. But there’s concern about what happens after Vermont Yankee’s license expires in 2012 and Hydro Quebec contracts expire after that. Chris Dutton, president at Green Mountain Power Corp., posed the question that dominated the meeting. “What are we going to do when we think about replacing our base load resources?” Vermont’s base load power from large sources that run 24 hours a day, like Vermont Yankee, provide mostly clean, non-polluting energy. The debate continues over how large a role that renewable sources, like wind power, could play in the future. The Business Roundtable says some, but not all.
30 Sep 2006

Vermont, Quebec strengthen the bond

Vermont's energy future has become a hand-wringing issue, tangled up in the uncertainty of power sources and worries about climate change. Quebec Premier Jean Charest offered another opinion Friday, a more optimistic view. Just north of the border in his province, billions of dollars are being invested in renewable energy -- hydro-electric and wind -- and Quebec wants to increase its power exports. Vermont, which relies on Hydro-Quebec for a third of its electricity, has been a longtime, valued customer and Quebec would expect to continue that relationship, Charest told an audience at Champlain College in Burlington. "We will be there in times of need for each other," he said, referring to shared energy and environmental concerns. Such words, albeit with no specific price tag or contract attached, send an encouraging message to Vermont.
17 Sep 2006

111 candidate sign VPIRG power plan

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- More than 100 candidates for federal, state and local offices in Vermont have signed onto a plan by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group to reduce dependence on foreign oil and emphasize renewable sources of electricity. VPIRG asked 329 political candidates across the state to sign their pledge and 111 signed the document while 27 candidates provided position papers, which support similar goals.
10 Sep 2006

Gov. Douglas Declares Big Wind Not Worth It

Gov. Jim Douglas took his clearest position yet on industrial wind projects in Vermont on Friday, saying they would be "an imposition" on Vermont's landscape. Industrial wind turbines on ridge lines would not aesthetically suit Vermont's small scale landscape, Douglas, a Republican, said at a brainstorming session with leaders of large and small businesses Friday afternoon at the Gateway Center. To give up Vermont's brand for an energy source that could only produce 6 percent of Vermont's energy needs isn't a good idea, Douglas said. "I can't make the case there's enough gain for the pain," he said. "I just don't think it's worth it."
2 Sep 2006

Help us chart Vermont's energy future

There has been much discussion over Vermont's role in the local, regional and global energy solutions for the future. People from across the state may have differing views on the impact of energy on the environment and economy, but there is one point where there is consensus -- we must plan for Vermont's energy future together.
29 Aug 2006

D.C. veteran looks to take on Montpelier

Moving to a greater level of energy independence by increasing the amount of electric power the state produces within its own borders would be a good thing, MacDougall said. But that scenario doesn't rely heavily on another much-discussed alternative energy source - wind power. "Wind power is not the answer for Vermont's power needs," he said, adding that care needs to be exercised when choosing appropriate locations for wind turbines. Wilderness areas might be one place to look, but not on ridgelines that would be considered unsightly by local inhabitants, he said.
26 Aug 2006

Douglas, Dubie divided on wind power

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- When it comes to wind power, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas and Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie don't always agree. The state's top two elected officials, who are up for re-election in November, have different ideas about using mountaintop windmills to harness wind and convert it into electric power. Dubie is all for it. Douglas supports it in theory but opposes the installation of wind turbines on ridge lines, saying the amount of energy they could generate isn't worth marring mountain vistas.
25 Aug 2006

Big Wind Not On Energy Summit Agenda

About 350 people turned out to talk about Vermont's energy future and how to fill future demand. Many different renewable energy sources were topics of discussion during the all-day event. Not included, however, was industrial wind, an omission that disappointed some attendees. Gov. Jim Douglas spoke to the group for about 15 minutes and never mentioned the word "wind." Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie was more to the point. "I am an unabashed supporter of wind," Dubie told the crowd.
23 Aug 2006

Vt. wants public to talk about energy future

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The state Department of Public Service is planning a series of hearings, polls and Internet-based conversation during the next several months as it seeks help in mapping Vermont's energy future. The department will hire a contractor to organize the effort, which was requested by the Legislature as part of energy-related legislation passed last year.
22 Aug 2006

Vermont seeking ideas for secure electric future

At the request of lawmakers, the Department of Public Service is looking for a contractor to run a series of public hearings, polls and Internet-based dialogue over the next several months. The goal of the search is to figure out where Vermonters want their power to come from and what they expect to pay for it during the next quarter-century.
20 Aug 2006

Considering the alternatives

"One of Vermont's most deeply held environmental ethics is the protection and preservation of our mountaintops and ridge lines," said Jason Gibbs, a spokesman for Gov. Jim Douglas. "While the governor supports renewable energy ... he cannot support the commercialization and industrialization of our mountaintops."
19 Aug 2006

Renewables could meet half Vt.'s power needs

HINESBURG — Vermont could get half its electric power from renewable sources within 10 years, including 20 percent from wind, if it gets busy developing the resources now, says a new report. The report by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, issued Thursday in the front yard of a company that makes testing equipment for potential wind power sites, comes against the backdrop of a debate over energy policy that has grown increasingly heated and increasingly political this election season.
18 Aug 2006
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