This Week: PUP Launches, Statehouse Update, Siting Commission Final Report, and More…

May 10, 2013 No Comments by
Last week I sent you an email alerting you to the launch of our Power Up Program, or PUP for short. Through PUP we are providing homeowners with the option to purchase solar systems at rates similar to their existing monthly utility bill. We’re doing this by combining the power of net-metering, group buying, and low interest financing. So far the response has been fantastic and thank you to everyone that has inquired about participating! Our goal is to get as many of these systems installed as possible. If you are interested please check out the details and fill out the form at www.PowerUpVT.com. We’ll get back to you and review your options. The more Vermonters we get involved the better it is for everyone!

As the legislative session comes to a close everyone at the State House is racing around to finalize bills. We do know that S.30 has been passed by both the House and Senate, and is heading to the Governor. We are hopeful he’ll sign the bill. The bill provides a forum this summer to continue discussions on how to enhance our energy siting process so it protects citizens and natural resources. Beyond S. 30, our team is working hard at the State House to ensure our members are represented at every opportunity.

Late last week the Governor’s Energy Siting Commission released its final report. You can read the report in PDF format here. While as a whole the report makes some good suggestions that may help the existing process, it doesn’t go as far as to substantially address the imbalance between neighbors, towns, and developers. We hope with the passage of S. 30 that these issues will be addressed in a more substantial way throughout the summer and into the next legislative session.

This week the Rutland Herald reports the town of Dummerston is considering installing a solar systemVTDigger covered the current status of many wind related and energy siting issues at the State House, and Nancy Tips from Windham authored a letter questioning why the wind developers are so often disrespectful of the town and its people. Just a quick reminder – if you see renewable energy news, send it my way at luke@energizevermont.org so I can include it here.

Don’t forget – if you are even a little bit interested in owning an affordable solar system, please check out thePower Up Program.

Have a great weekend,


Lukas B. Snelling
802-778-0660
luke@energizevermont.org

 

May 07, 2013 10:55 am | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. SHEFFIELD — The Vermont Public Service Board has ruled that the 16-turbine industrial wind project in Sheffield is meeting its noise standards and is in compliance with its state permit, known as a Certificate of Public Good. The board’s ruling last week came in response to a noise complaint filed by …

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May 07, 2013 10:51 am | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. DUMMERSTON — Officials in Dummerston say they’re considering working with a private company to install solar power panels to produce electricity, but they want to make sure there’s support in the community. Last week the Select Board authorized the Dummerston Energy Committee to research the idea of building a solar array …

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May 05, 2013 10:18 pm | kate

Reposted from WAMC. The Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission issued its final report to the governor and legislature earlier this week. Reaction to the report’s recommendations runs the gamut from enthusiastic to lukewarm. The Vermont Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission was tasked with determining how and where energy projects should be placed in the …

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May 05, 2013 09:53 pm | kate

Reposted from VT Digger. On Friday, the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee agreed to the House’s pared-down version of what was originally a bill regulating large wind turbine projects, including a three-year moratorium. But although Senate bill 30 is moving forward without any controls on energy siting, some key provisions are still on the …

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May 05, 2013 09:26 pm | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. An open letter to Jamey French of Meadowsend Timberlands: In early April, you and other members of the owner/directorship of Meadowsend Timberlands met with leaders and residents of the town of Windham because you insisted that you had something to say that would be of benefit to our community. We wondered …

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May 04, 2013 10:37 am | kate

Reposted from Rutland Herald. MONTPELIER — The public should have a greater voice in picking the locations of Vermont electricity-generation projects — like windmills — and the state should speed up the approval of smaller projects, a panel recommended Tuesday. The commission formed by the governor released its final report Tuesday after six months of …

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