On January 26th, Mark Whitworth–president of Energize Vermont’s board of directors–testified before the House Committee on Energy on Technology on climate change and Act 174. Vermont does not have rational policies on climate change. In fact, Vermont energy policies are exacerbating the very impacts of climate change that we should be trying to avoid. Download […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 15, 2016 East Burke, VT Contact: Mark Whitworth 802.424.0540 Email: Mark@energizevermont.org Energize Vermont launches The Vermont Center for Turbine Impact Studies Therrien family property in Sheffield will serve as a laboratory and classroom Energize Vermont is establishing the Vermont Center for Turbine Impact Studies. The Center will promote scientific research […]
The Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission has issued an “Energy Implementation Plan” replete with assignments for solar and wind electricity generation for each of its 30 municipalities. You can download the energy assignment document here. Read about the Vermont Legislature’s false promise to cities and towns here.
Some members of the Vermont Legislature are bragging that the energy bill that they passed this past session increases the authority of Vermont’s municipalities in energy siting decisions. The legislation, known at various times as S.230, S.260, and Act 174, includes a process by which regions and municipalities can elevate the importance of their plans […]
The lobbyists that represent Spanish energy giant Iberdrola in Vermont have revived a pro-wind group called Wind Works VT (website: windworksvt.com). The lobbyists are concerned that “a small but vocal group of opponents, using fear tactics and misinformation, have dominated the public discourse about wind in recent years.” Wind Works VT invites Vermonters to “get […]
Legislative response will be instructive for voters Governor Peter Shumlin, giving a gift to his benefactors in the energy industry, vetoed S.230: “An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects.” S.230 had overwhelming support in the Legislature, but observers reported that House Speaker Shap Smith, Representative Tony Klein, and Senator Christopher Bray […]
The Vermont State Senate, bending to the will of energy lobbyists, defeated a measure that would have required operators of wind turbine operators to carry out continuous noise monitoring. Wind turbines operate under state-issued “certificates of public good” that established operational noise limits. These limits were intended to protect the health of turbine neighbors. But, […]
This year’s energy bill, S.230, will be up for debate on the Senate floor this week. The bill’s chief sponsor, Senator Christopher Bray, has said the bill will give Vermonters a greater voice in our energy future. Well, maybe not. Bray’s bill gives Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia a greater voice in our energy […]