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Fourteen members of the state House of Representatives and three members of the Senate attended a caucus of legislators to see if there was a common approach to the issue.
Ridgeline development has the potential to alter the face of Vermont permanently almost overnight. The importance of getting it right requires policy developed specifically for this purpose.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - What a difference a decade makes. In 1996, Vermont’s long-term power-purchase contract with Hydro-Quebec looked too expensive and like a bad idea.
MONTPELIER, Vt. --Planning the state's energy future is a high priority for the Legislature this year and lawmakers on Friday got a comprehensive plan from an unexpected source: high school seniors from The Sharon Academy.
Common sense says: Calm down. Let's work on securing the 90 percent of the roof over our heads - that is, let's nail down the 90 percent reliable, low-cost energy we need for the future and figure out energy conservation strategies and ways of meeting our 10 percent renewables energy target other than by destroying Vermont's world-renowned ridge lines.
There's more to determining the value of wind power than knowing which way the wind blows -- or even how hard. MIT researchers studying winds off the Northeast coast have found that estimating the potential environmental benefits from wind and other renewables requires a detailed understanding of the dynamics of both renewable resources and conventional power generation. Data show that wind-energy facilities would generate far more electricity in winter, because that's when winds are strongest. But the need for electricity is greatest in summer, when air conditioners are going full blast.
NEW YORK – Seven northeastern U.S. states have signed the country's first plan to create a market for heat-trapping carbon dioxide by curbing emissions at power plants, New York Gov. George Pataki said Tuesday.
After briefly wavering, Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut yesterday agreed to sign onto a multistate greenhouse gas pact that Massachusetts and Rhode Island rejected Wednesday.
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Gov. James Douglas declared Thursday he opposes the construction of industrial wind farms in Vermont.
The subsidies for wind are a misuse of public money. The "benefits" from industrial wind are a fantasy and an escape from our energy problems. For me, believing that industrial wind will solve our energy problems is a little like believing the Tooth Fairy will pay my heating bills this winter.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -- A pair of lawmakers from the Northeast Kingdom say windmill projects should be regulated by the Act 250 development review law, not just its companion law governing new energy generating projects.
"It is unreliable, it is unpredictable and it doesn't work in Vermont. Economically, it would be a disaster," Kilmartin said at a public hearing last week on the latest regional development plan being drafted by Northeastern Vermont Development, the regional economic agency.
"In order to guarantee reliable electricity supplies when wind farms produce little or no power,e.g. during periods of calm or storm-related shutdowns, traditional power station capacities must be available as a reserve. This means that wind farms can only replace traditional power station capacities to a limited degree."
BRATTLEBORO — Gov. James Douglas said Friday that his administration is evaluating whether it makes sense for Vermont to put most of its energy eggs in the baskets held by Hydro-Quebec and Entergy Nuclear, the owner of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
Douglas said he was "surprised" when the town of Sheffield, in the Northeast Kingdom, approved a project for 26 windmills along a ridgeline. He said he thinks most Vermonters are aware that even a large number of wind turbines aren't going to replace nuclear or hydroelectric power, which provide about two-thirds of the state's energy.
Committee To Research New Energy Plan NEWPORT CITY VERMONT Northeast Kingdom planners on Thursday reacted to critics and put a draft energy plan endorsing wind power on hold until more research is done.
The head of New England's biggest natural gas utility promised yesterday that homes and businesses across the region will face no shortage of gas for heating this winter.
SHEFFIELD – Residents here are gearing up for a public showdown to determine how registered voters feel about the proposed Sheffield Wind Farm.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM -- Kingdom residents will have another opportunity to comment on a proposed regional plan that supports wind power as a renewable energy source but leaves decisions up to individual towns. A second hearing on the draft plan is Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Lyndon Institute cafeteria. The deadline for written comment is also Dec. 6.
Utilities, however, are clear about the futility of wind power. Eon Netz, one of Germany's grid managers, with over 7,000 MW of wind capacity connected, has described in their annual wind reports that they need additional conventional capacity to cover 100 percent of the possible infeed from wind, because even as it peaks it often drops off very quickly.