VTDigger: Shumlin releases final, “scrubbed” version of Comprehensive Energy Plan

Dec 16, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted from VTDigger.   It’s official.  Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan is final. But that’s just the beginning. With the official goal of meeting 90 percent of the states energy needs from renewable sources by mid-century, meeting that ambitious target is the hard part.

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VTDigger: Biomass report draws ire of foresters and environmentalists

Dec 09, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted from VTDigger.   MONTPELIER – The final draft of a report to the Legislature on the use of woody biomass in the state of Vermont won praise, vehement condemnation and everything in between Tuesday night.

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VTDigger: Markowitz says ANR didn’t weigh in on proposal for industrial wind projects on state land

Dec 06, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted from VTDigger.   A proposal in Vermont’s Draft Comprehensive Energy Plan to consider rescinding a 2004 wind project moratorium on state land slipped through without consideration from the Agency of Natural Resources, according to ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz.

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Burlington Free Press Opinion: My Turn: Protecting the public’s mountains

Nov 28, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted from Burlington Free Press.   For the past 25 years, the Green Mountain Club has worked with private landowners, the state of Vermont, the U.S. Forest Service and other like-minded organizations to conserve more than 25,000 acres of land near the Long Trail, adding much of it to the state forest sys­tem.

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VPR: Push For Wind Development Draws More Debate

Oct 28, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted from Vermont Public Radio. [audio:http://tranquil-dolls.flywheelsites.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Spot-1027-28d.mp3|titles=Spot-1027-28d] (Host) The Shumlin Administration says the state should consider lifting a moratorium on wind development on public land. The recommendation is contained in a draft state energy plan, and it’s drawing fire from environmental groups.

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Waterbury Record Editorial: Keeping us in the dark

Sep 07, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted here from the Waterbury Record. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is refusing to release more than 500 emails and countless other documents that the agency exchanged with Green Mountain Power between January and July.

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Barton Chronicle: Letters, Lowell Permits & More

Aug 26, 2011 No Comments by

This week’s Barton Chronicle included several letters to the editor relating to the Lowell wind project and coverage ANR issuing the stormwater permits. You may download the PDF of relevant coverage here.

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VTDigger: Agency approves water quality permits for Kingdom Community Wind project

Aug 22, 2011 No Comments by

Reposted here from VTDigger. A state agency has removed the biggest remaining obstacle to the construction of a controversial wind project in the Northeast Kingdom.

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