Archive for Renewables

Degrading Our Defenses Against Climate Change

Nov 25, 2015 No Comments by

In the past few weeks, two of the architects of Governor Shumlin’s energy policies acknowledged that the policies will have no impact on climate change. They disclosed, in separate interviews, that the purpose of the policies is economic development and not climate change mitigation. They neglected to disclose that these economic development policies will actually […]

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Shove It Down Their Throats

Oct 09, 2015 No Comments by

Vermont has adopted some ambitious energy goals. The state could have engaged its communities in achieving these goals, but it did not. Instead, it has turned things over to energy developers, many of whom are running roughshod over our communities. They are poisoning the well of public opinion, turning community after community against renewable energy […]

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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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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

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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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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Analysis: Twenty Years of Lowell <= Ten Days of NYC Traffic

Sep 08, 2014 No Comments

Green Mountain Power claims that its complex of industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain prevents the emission of greenhouse gases. GMP claims that each megawatt of power that the turbines put on the grid replaces dirtier electricity and prevents the release of 0.4 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Here are the calculations that show […]

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