This Week: Fall Events, CEP Comments, Fair Haven and More – 10/7/11

Oct 07, 2011 No Comments by

Energize Vermont is hosting or participating in three events this coming week. I’ll be at all of them and would love to see you there.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Speaker Series event in Montpelier last Wednesday. It was a great crowd and offered a good dialogue on a lot of the energy issues facing Vermont. If you couldn’t make please consider attending Wednesday at UVM’s Waterman building in Burlington at 6PM.

Great news for those looking to submit comments on the State Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The Department of Public Service has extended the public comment period until November 4th at 5PM. We highly suggest you review the plan and submit comments in support of smaller-scale distributed energy solutions for the state. Senator Peg Flory from Rutland County made her thoughts on the plan known this week, calling out the plan for  making assumptions on Vermont Yankee’s future and how the energy landscape will change if and when CVPS and GMP merge. You can read her comments in the Rutland Herald. The Caledonian-Record also ran coverage of the CEP, saying it supported developing wind and biomass in the state.

Some coverage out of Vermont’s newest massive construction project atop Lowell Mountain.The New York Times published some reaction letters to Steve Wrights earlier opinion. There is certainly an opportunity to keep the debate going if you haven’t already weighed in. The Barton Chronicle carried a great editorial discussing how two worlds diverge at the top of Lowell mountain, one toward power and profit, the other towards hard work and nature. If you read one thing from this email, read that. While writing this email we received word that there was a stop work order at the Lowell site due to some potential permit violations…this is unconfirmed but as we learn more I will let you know.

A couple other energy projects made the news this week. It looks like things are heating up over the Fair Haven biomass proposal with the Rutland Herald and Seven Days covering the project. Also, the new PV solar installation at the Air National Guard in Burlington got some press for being the largest military solar installation in New England (coming in at 1.5 megawatts.)

I’m looking forward to seeing you this week at the events listed above. Until then, have a a great weekend.


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Oct 07, 2011 02:11 pm | EV

Download all the documents filed with the PSB in the Lowell wind case. Documents include this week the final System Impact Study (SIS) submitted by GMP to the Board.

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Oct 07, 2011 01:51 pm | EV

This week’s Barton Chronicle includes coverage of the campers at the Lowell wind site as well as an thought provoking editorial. Download the relevant pages here.

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Oct 06, 2011 10:45 am | alina

Reposted from The New York Times. To the Editor: Re “The Not-So-Green Mountains,” by Steve E. Wright (Op-Ed, Sept. 29):   The Green Mountain Power wind project in Lowell, Vt., has unprecedented support. Vermonters overwhelmingly want wind: 75 percent of voters in the town of Lowell supported the project, and 90 percent of Vermonters support …

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Oct 06, 2011 10:44 am | alina

Reposted from This op-ed is by state Sen. Peg Flory, R-Rutland, a resident of Pittsford.   If the Shumlin Administration gets its way, Vermonters will soon be paying more for energy and sending energy jobs and money to other states and Canada. And the power will be dirtier, particularly in the near term. Gov. …

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Oct 06, 2011 10:43 am | alina

Reposted from Seven Days.   BY ANDY BROMAGE [10.05.11]   Is biomass energy “carbon neutral,” as some proponents claim? That’s a key question confronting environment-concerned Vermonters as a proposed wood-burning power plant moves closer to final approval in Fair Haven. On September 15, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources granted Massachusetts-based Beaver Wood Energy a …

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Oct 05, 2011 10:53 am | alina

Reposted from The Caledonian Record.   Robin Smith Staff Writer   The Derby Board of Selectmen wants to know how much the town should tax industrial-scale wind turbine owners. Selectmen Monday evening asked lister Sue Best, who was in the audience, to find out what the state tax experts have to say about wind turbines. …

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Oct 05, 2011 09:06 am | EV

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald. Published: October 5, 2011   POULTNEY — The internationally acclaimed author, entrepreneur and energy expert Steven Strong will present his talk “Renewable Energy: Building the Bridge to the Post-Petroleum World” at Green Mountain College on Oct. 13. The presentation, cosponsored by renewable energy nonprofit Energize Vermont, will be held …

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Oct 03, 2011 10:02 pm | alina

Reposted from the Caledonian-Record.  Robin Smith Staff Writer   Vermont-sized renewable energy projects are in the works throughout the Northeast Kingdom. They range from community district heating proposals run by biomass plants in Newport City and St. Johnsbury to more farm-based wind turbines in Derby. A medium-sized biomass heating plant in Orleans is being studied. …

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Oct 03, 2011 01:51 pm | alina

Reposted from WPTZ.   SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and members of the Vermont Air National Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the largest military solar project in New England. The national guard base in Burlington will now rely on solar energy thanks to an $8.8 million federal grant.   “The …

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Oct 03, 2011 01:37 pm | EV

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald.   By Susan Smallheer Staff Writer – Published: October 1, 2011   SPRINGFIELD -— The town of Springfield got a crash course on the ins and outs of Act 248 this week. The state law governs utility construction projects, which in Springfield’s case would include the proposed $180 million …

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