Articles filed under Energy Policy from Vermont

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

Wood-burning plants gain power

``The problem we're having with all these wind farms is . . . they're proposing to put them in all the worst places," said Thomas W. French , assistant director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. ``If they could do what the Russell Biomass plant did, which is to find a preexisting, historical industrial district, we'd be applauding them." As part of the ongoing state permitting process for the plant, French's division worked with its developers to reroute proposed power lines to reduce their impact on wildlife.
6 Aug 2006

Wind power is not reliable

Opposition to industrial wind energy is more than about aesthetics and threats to wildlife as well as to tourist/second home-based economies. It is also about wind energy's fundamental flaw — its inability to provide electricity on demand (i.e. it is not dispatchable) — and, consequently, its negligible impact on emissions. In other words, it is about whether industrial wind energy makes any sense.
3 Aug 2006

Blowing in the wind

Wind energy's Achilles' heel — its intermittency — limits its capacity value and its impact on emissions. Because of this, current federal and state programs promoting wind energy are bad public policy ("Energetic turn to wind power," Metropolitan, Thursday).
1 Aug 2006

State misses easy mark

Unlike wind power, where foot-dragging over building windmills is retarding the industry in the state, Vermont could become a hub for biomass generation. It's an idea whose time has come. Editor's Note: A letter submitted in reponse follows the editorial below.
31 Jul 2006

Gov. Douglas defends record, faults Dems

Douglas readily admits that he is not a fan of large wind turbines on Vermont's mountaintops. He said that if Vermonters were more aware of the relatively low power output wind has to offer, they would likely agree with him....... "I see letters to the editors sometimes from people who apparently believe that (wind power) could replace Vermont Yankee, well that isn't even close to the amount of power that we get. So, I think if you weigh the relatively small amount of power versus the impact on the natural beauty of Vermont ... I come out on the side of saying it's not worth it.
27 Jul 2006

Wind Energy: An Ineffectual Solution for Reducing Emissions

I respect Mr. Watts’ desire to address emissions. Unfortunately, at least with respect to electricity generation, there is no 'silver bullet'. The only practical solutions, in addition to conservation, are 'safe nuclear' and 'clean coal'. Wind energy has become a 'symbol' in efforts to address emissions from electricity generation. The 'inconvenient truth' is that wind energy is ineffectual.Editor's Note: Submitted to the Burlington Free Press in response to Richard Watts' Op-ed published 7/21/06 which is also below.
21 Jul 2006

WRC hosts hearings on new regional plan

There are a lot of energy decisions on the region's plate, from wind farm proposals, to the relicensing of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, to an intensive plan by Central Vermont Public Service to restructure the southern loop to keep up with a growing demand for power.
18 Jul 2006

Scudder Parker's wind turbine sales tour

So 1,152 megawatts of wind -- 576 to 768 machines -- would be needed to reliably provide 15% of Vermont's electricity. The absurdity goes beyond the outrageous scale for such little benefit, because if all of those turbines were actually producing power at once, most of them would have to be shut down, since base load plants can't rapidly ramp off and on.
1 Jul 2006

Scudder Parker running for wind turbine salesman

Naturally, the industry does not want a fair process. They want one that they control, like they apparently control Scudder Parker's thinking about big wind. They want us to swallow their pablum about energy costs, jobs, and the environment and not have to show any evidence to back up their claims. They want to industrialize Vermont's mountaintops and don't want any one questioning the usefulness, much less the wisdom, of it.
1 Jul 2006
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