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Iberdrola Lobbyists Revive “Wind Works VT”

Jul 26, 2016 No Comments by

The lobbyists that represent Spanish energy giant Iberdrola in Vermont have revived a pro-wind group called Wind Works VT (website: 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 […]

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With S.230 Veto, Shumlin Makes Good on Speaker’s Promise

Jun 06, 2016 No Comments by

  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 […]

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Senate Defeats Measure to Protect Health of Vermonters

Apr 01, 2016 No Comments by

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, […]

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S.230 Will Not Give Vermonters a Greater Voice on Energy!

Mar 27, 2016 No Comments by

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 […]

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Vermont Energy Rebellion Update

Mar 20, 2016 No Comments by

127 Rebellion Towns With the addition of nine towns, the Vermont Energy Rebellion has reached 127 Vermont cities and towns. Click here for detailed town information. 40% of Vermonters Live in Rebellion Towns; Nearly 80% of Addison, Franklin County Voters Forty percent of all Vermonters now live in a Rebellion Town. Nearly 80% of the […]

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Energize Vermont Senate Committee Testimony

Feb 28, 2016 No Comments by

Energize Vermont board president Mark Whitworth testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee on February 24, 2016. Here is the outline of his testimony. Download the outline (with attachments) here. The Vermont Energy Rebellion • Vermont has adopted ambitious energy goals that will require the siting of small, distributed electricity-generation facilities in just […]

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Christine Hallquist: Generation in the right place is helpful; generation in the wrong place is hurtful.

Feb 20, 2016 No Comments by

Christine Hallquist, the CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, wrote an interesting article for the cooperative’s winter newsletter. It’s about the importance of intelligent siting of distributed electricity generation. Vermont statute allows energy developers to site projects in places that degrade system operation, cost ratepayers, and make it more difficult for our own utilities to […]

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Wily NEK Audience Refutes SunCommon Happy Talk, Hucksters Flummoxed

Feb 17, 2016 No Comments by

SunCommon’s salespeople were not prepared to defend their business model or their Albany “solar project” at a February 10th presentation in the Kingdom. The audience, better-informed than the salespeople, sniffed out: SunCommon’s sale of renewable energy credits to out-of-state polluters Deceptive use of the term “renewable” Failure to advance Vermont’s renewable energy goals Shifting costs […]

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