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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Pete Antos-Ketcham Joins Energize Vermont as Executive Director

Sep 16, 2015 No Comments by

Antos-Ketcham Brings 22 Years of Natural Resource Management to the Statewide Non-profit Huntington, VT – Energize Vermont is pleased to announce that Pete Antos-Ketcham, formerly of the Green Mountain Club (GMC), has joined the organization as its new Executive Director. Antos-Ketcham succeeds Mark Whitworth.

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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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The RESET Program Will Save $275M? Not So Fast.

Mar 26, 2015 6 Comments by

RESET is the enormously complicated, 15-year energy program that the Shumlin administration proposes as a replacement for the troubled SPEED program. Economist Tom Kavet told the House Ways and Means Committee that the full economic impact of RESET is unknown. Yet, RESET won easy approval in the House. Was it the $275M savings that proponents […]

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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 by

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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Big Wind’s Public Relations Problem

Oct 15, 2014 No Comments by

Big Wind has a big public relations problem. A new WCAX poll shows public support for wind plummeting from 66% in 2013 to 50% now. Wind developers may search for clues about this reversal of fortune in a UVM honors undergraduate thesis written by Neil Brandt. Mr. Brandt says that media coverage of ridgeline wind […]

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