Articles filed under Energy Policy from Vermont

Yankee critical to clean environment

As much as we love the idea of renewables like wind and solar, we must keep in mind that Vermont Yankee requires far less land on which to operate. A wind farm would need 145 square miles in Vermont to produce the same electricity that Vermont Yankee does. This option would be an environmental disaster, if it were not so obviously unfeasible. Editor's Note: Furthermore nuclear power provides requisite base load capacity while wind energy does not.
21 Jun 2006

Regional leaders discuss energy at governors, premiers conference

Lee also warned that renewable energy sources, though desirable, were not a "silver bullet" solution. "It does leave an environmental footprint," Lee said, noting that wind energy and solar energy take up large areas of land, making it difficult to find a place to put them, especially in densely populated parts of the world.
13 May 2006

NVDA Completes Revised Energy Plan

The Northeastern Vermont Development Association has completed a revised draft of its regional plan pertaining to energy issues. During public hearings in December most people spoke against commercial wind turbines and urged NVDA to eliminate language in the proposed plan that endorsed commercial wind turbines.... The revised plan, which will be discussed by NVDA's executive board Thursday night, states that wind power could be considered as a resource, but that there are several other renewable sources that have potential to provide electricity to the area.
3 May 2006

The New England Council and the New England Energy Alliance Outline Support for Nuclear Power in New England

If New England's nuclear energy plants had to be replaced by other non-emitting sources of electricity to meet the RGGI goals, the region would be looking at large-scale wind projects, with weather-dependent output, spread over some 650,000 acres of land or water at a cost of more than $10 billion.
11 Apr 2006

A travesty of our own making

As is too often the case we have failed to engage in advance thinking and are therefore slugging it out town by town in the after-the-fact regulatory process. The process is bitter, expensive, stressful and time consuming.
31 Mar 2006

Get serious about wind

And we would still need the same amount of generating power from other plants (which would be run less efficiently, i.e., with more emissions) to keep the system running when the wind isn't perfect. With this pathetic outlook, and considering as well the fact that electricity is only a fraction of our energy use, wind looks about as far from a "serious" solution to global warming or decommissioning nuclear plants as one could get.
15 Mar 2006

Time to get real about energy

Leonhard states that the well-meaning hybrid car owners are driving "an expensive symbol that they are worried about our planet, rather than a true solution." The same can be said for industrial wind on Vermont ridgelines. It would be a very expensive symbol, while allowing polluters to continue to pollute elsewhere, slowing the growth in the average air pollution, but not reducing it significantly.
17 Feb 2006

Windmills are not see-saws, study needed

My suggestion is that our state legislature make a proposal: for the state energy commission to study windmill energy on behalf of the state of Vermont. This study can ascertain the effects, both economic and ecological, of placing larger sized windmill "farms" in a few carefully selected locations, where they can be out of view of the most residents and tourists; to assure both ecological and economic responsibility.
3 Feb 2006
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