This Week: Town Meeting Results, Wind and Biomass Opinions, S. 30 Action & More…

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments by

Several Vermont towns addressed renewable energy projects this week during Town Meeting Day. The Burlington Free Press reported that Newark, Lowell, and Grafton all had wind related issues on the agenda. 

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Rutland Herald Opinion: Biomass project skirts democracy

Mar 08, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald. “Making a charade of democracy” is the headline in the Feb.17 Rutland Herald in the commentary by Jon Mach, chairman of the Newfane Select Board. While this is in reference to the telecommunications corporations, it is also true of other energy corporations such as the biomass plants like the […]

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Rutland Herald: Wood-fired plan still lacking power contract

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from Rutland Herald. SPRINGFIELD — The North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project does not help meet the state’s energy needs or contribute to the state’s renewable energy goals, according to the director of energy policy and planning for the Department of Public Service.

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Rutland Herald: Biomass, greenhouse project promises 300 jobs

Feb 27, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from Rutland Herald. FAIR HAVEN — An agreement between the developer of a proposed biomass and pellet manufacturing facility and a local hydroponic vegetable producer promises to bring upwards of 300 jobs to Rutland County.

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Rutland Herald: Remove McKibben from pedestal

Feb 15, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted here from the Rutland Herald. Bill McKibben jets around the country preaching his ecological gospel while burning aviation fuel by the tanker load. At the same time, he rails against fossil fuel consumption and the subsequent carbon dioxide emissions.

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Rutland Herald: Animal waste a ‘no-no’ for any biomass plant, panel decides

Feb 12, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from Rutland Herald. SPRINGFIELD — Concerns that “animal waste” might mean the disposal of manure as well as animal carcasses in a biomass plant, the Springfield Planning Commission has again fine-tuned the language in the revised Springfield Town Plan.

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Rutland Herald: Biomass protest banner vandalized, police say

Jan 21, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from Rutland Herald. SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating the vandalism of a large sign protesting the proposed wood-fired power plant in North Springfield.

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Rutland Herald: Board faulted for lack of leadership on wood-chip plant

Jan 17, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from Rutland Herald. SPRINGFIELD — The Select Board was sharply criticized Monday for a lack of leadership on the proposed wood-fired power plant in North Springfield, and as a result was accused of “sacrificing” the village of North Springfield in the process.

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