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The program is in the early stages, but if it is successful, it would provide funding and ease regulation so that schools and other public buildings could develop solar-, wind- or biomass-powered electricity projects, or embark on efficiency and conservation efforts.
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.
BRATTLEBORO -- The Windham Regional Commission is plugged into energy issues. As the commission updates its plan for the next five years, selectboards in the 27 towns the WRC represents put energy at the top of the list.
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.
MONTPELIER — It was 2:30 p.m. on May 9 when the tense cloud that had been hanging over the Statehouse for weeks lifted. (extract addressing energy policy)
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Gov. James Douglas says he is likely to sign a bill designed to promote energy independence and prepare Vermont for the possible loss of two-thirds of its power supplies in the next decade.
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.
MONTPELIER — Vermonters would be required to buy only energy-efficient versions of some appliances under a bill that won preliminary Senate approval Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
MONTPELIER — The House gave final approval Friday to an energy bill that clears the way for an expanded home-generated power program.
MONTPELIER — The House gave preliminary approval Thursday to an energy bill that clears the way for an expanded home-generated power program.
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.
MONTPELIER — A House committee is proposing a major expansion of a state program that allows homeowners and farmers to produce their own electricity and sell it back to utilities to reduce their own bills.
Two dozen energy experts and observers have been meeting quietly since September to forge a long-term plan for the state, but critics say the little-known process excludes citizen and environmental concerns, and once again marginalizes those who live where most of the state’s power is produced.
Bravo to the northern caucus for speaking out to protect their region. The lawmakers of the Northeast Kingdom, who sometimes feel like outsiders in Montpelier, demanded to be heard.
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.
The consensus among the lawmakers seems to be that wind developers' proposals for wind turbines are moving too quickly to the Public Service Board for approval before communities have a chance to fully explore what they would mean. This is a discussion that is overdue at the Statehouse. Lawmakers should call for a time-out on the permitting of commercial wind farms. The people of Vermont deserve a chance to understand the impact of 400-foot-tall turbines on the ridgelines -- before they are built.
Vermont should study this recent experience of others before bringing permanent change to the ridgelines and undoing decades of policy aimed at protecting fragile high elevation habitats and scenic beauty.