Vermont’s Energy Scofflaws

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments by

Scofflaw (noun) A violator who mocks or ridicules the law. Anybody who has ever objected to a “renewable” energy project in Vermont knows that the deck is stacked in favor of energy developers—that just about any project that’s proposed, no matter how objectionable, will be approved by our Public Service Board. Yet, having the playing […]

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The RESET Program Will Save $275M? Not So Fast.

Mar 26, 2015 No Comments by

RESET is the enormously complicated, 15-year energy program that the Shumlin administration proposes as a replacement for the troubled SPEED program. Economist Tom Kavet told the House Ways and Means Committee that the full economic impact of RESET is unknown. Yet, RESET won easy approval in the House. Was it the $275M savings that proponents […]

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Update from the State House #2015-2: RESET Costs Unknown, Siting Problems Persist

Mar 06, 2015 No Comments by

H.40 Will Repeal SPEED and Enact RESET In our previous update, we described the questions of legitimacy that surround Vermont’s SPEED program. These questions resulted in the creation of H.40, a House bill that would repeal SPEED and establish a new energy program, called RESET. We noted that we support the repeal of SPEED, but […]

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Update from the State House #2015-1: H. 40/S. 51 to RESET Renewable Targets

Feb 19, 2015 No Comments by

Bill calls for renewable portfolio standard, but fails to address Vermont’s destructive energy siting practices. A bill has been introduced in both the Vermont House (H.40) and Senate (the identical bill is S.51) to repeal the much-maligned SPEED program and replace it with a new energy program called RESET.

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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

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

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2014 Contact: Mark Whitworth 802.424.0540 Email:   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

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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