Sad Truth: Fighting for Change Takes Money

Dec 12, 2014 No Comments by

Will you support us this year? This year in Vermont brought the threat of more big wind projects, a disruptive pipeline, acres of poorly sited solar, and a deeply broken PSB process. When will we gain control over an ad-hoc energy policy? When will Vermonters have control in selecting the solutions that benefit her communities […]

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Big Wind’s Public Relations Problem

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments by

Big Wind has a big public relations problem. A new WCAX poll shows public support for wind plummeting from 66% in 2013 to 50% now. Wind developers may search for clues about this reversal of fortune in a UVM honors undergraduate thesis written by Neil Brandt. Mr. Brandt says that media coverage of ridgeline wind […]

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Press Release: Energize Vermont Commends Call to Investigate Green Mountain Power’s Deceptive Practices

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments by

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2014 Contact: Mark Whitworth 802.424.0540 Email: Mark@energizevermont.org   Energize Vermont Commends Call to Investigate Green Mountain Power’s Deceptive Practices East Burke, Vermont—Energize Vermont commends Bruce Post, Curt McCormack, Charles Johnson and Kevin Jones for their filing of a formal petition requesting “that the Federal Trade Commission initiate an investigation […]

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Commentary: A Moral Response to Climate Change

Sep 16, 2014 No Comments by

Most Vermonters accept the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and that human activity is major contributor. Many Vermonters believe that climate change is a moral issue. Some Vermonters believe that we can reverse climate change by reducing our carbon emissions. We can’t—even if we were able to eliminate emissions completely, it would take […]

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Analysis: Twenty Years of Lowell <= Ten Days of NYC Traffic

Sep 08, 2014 No Comments by

Green Mountain Power claims that its complex of industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain prevents the emission of greenhouse gases. GMP claims that each megawatt of power that the turbines put on the grid replaces dirtier electricity and prevents the release of 0.4 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Here are the calculations that show […]

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Commentary: Eolian–A History of Failure

Aug 25, 2014 No Comments

Eolian Renewable Energy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, recently announced that it was abandoning its Seneca Mountain Wind project in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Seneca joins unsuccessful Eolian wind projects in Antrim, New Hampshire, and Frankfort, Maine. Eolian has a history of failure and a history of rewriting history.

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Commentary: The Wrong Prescription for Net Metering

Aug 17, 2014 No Comments

The Washington Electric Cooperative recently requested permission to impose fees on its net metering members in order to assure that the net metering program would be fair to all Co-op members.

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Commentary: Vermont’s Rumsfeld Strategy

Jul 01, 2014 No Comments

In his 2004 book “Against All Enemies,” President George W. Bush’s counter-terrorism advisor Richard Clarke described a meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that took place shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Rumsfeld complained that there were no decent targets for bombing in Afghanistan, so the United States should consider bombing Iraq, which, he said, […]

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