This Week: Urgency of S. 30, Energy Events, Solar, Opinions & More…

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments by
The energy development bill S. 30 passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and looks to be headed to a vote in the full Senate next week. The bill is worthy of your support because it:

  • is a reasonable response to the issues raised by large-scale energy generation projects built and proposed in Vermont,
  • gives towns and regional planning districts a fair say in how merchant power projects would impact Vermont communities,
  • directs the Dept. of Public Service to lead an intensive study into the key issues raised by these projects, including how much they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, their full impact on natural resources, impacts on property values and health, etc.

Please take the time this weekend to contact your Senators and urge them to support this bill. Some folks have asked why there is such urgency behind this particular bill. Over the last week we’ve heard that two controversial projects, the Seneca Mountain Wind project, and the Grandpa’s Knob Wind project are both considering going ahead even in the face of opposition from host and surrounding towns. This bill would be a meaningful step forward in giving towns the strong voice they need in determining what type of development is and isn’t appropriate for their communities.

There are a couple of energy related events coming up you might be interested in:

The Governor’s Energy Siting Commission met on Tuesday this week. They handed out a revised draft options paper that reviews some of their possible recommendations. We are hopeful that the Commission’s recommendations will focus on increasing public participation in the process, rather than just facilitating development.

It was a somewhat slow news week for renewable energy. GMP announced they are starting work on their Energy Innovation Center in Downtown Rutland. The Times Argus reported on Waterbury LEAP’s success in doubling solar capacity in Waterbury and Duxbury over the last 11 months. VTDigger reported that the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee continued to struggle to find a new funding source for heating efficiency in Vermont.

The papers were filled with a lot opinions this week, including:

Thanks for your support and have a great weekend,

Lukas B. Snelling


Mar 15, 2013 10:59 am | april

Reposted from the Rutland Herald. BENNINGTON — The Bennington County Regional Commission is hosting a public forum Thursday in Bennington to discuss the possibilities for different energy sources in Southern Vermont including wind, solar and hydro-electric. The forum, for which there is no cost, will include presentations by William Scully, of Carbon Zero, who developed …

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Mar 15, 2013 09:24 am | april

Reposted from the Rutland Herald. The “groundbreaking” Thursday at Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center was really more of a board-placing. “We don’t actually have ground to break,” GMP President Mary Powell told the crowd gathered inside the former Eastman’s building on Merchants Row. So, instead, local dignitaries signed a white wooden plank that was …

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Mar 14, 2013 01:14 am | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. In reviewing many of the recent posts on wind farm issues, it strikes me that the public has not been provided enough factual data to truly analyze the pros and cons to arrive at a rational final determination. The pro-wind side professes that “we need to destroy our environment, to …

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Mar 14, 2013 01:11 am | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. It should come as no surprise that the North Springfield Energy Project, a project to build an industrial biomass plant in Springfield, still lacks a power contract. In pre-filed testimony presented to the Department of Public Service and reported in the Rutland Herald last Friday, Dr. Asa Hopkins testified that without …

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Mar 14, 2013 01:07 am | kate

Reposted from Burlington Free Press. Wind towers the greatest threat. This very moment there is a debate going on in Montpelier that could change Vermont forever. The immediate bill causing the stir is a suggestion by legislators that a temporary moratorium be put on the permitting and building of utility scale wind turbines on Vermont’s …

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Mar 12, 2013 03:31 pm | kate

Reposted from Times Argus. WATERBURY — Leaders in Waterbury and Duxbury are celebrating the emergence of a local green-energy movement that has seen the communities attain some of the highest per-capita rates of residential solar capacity in Vermont. A campaign by the local town energy committee, called “Waterbury LEAP,” was credited Monday with helping double …

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