As government subsidies decline, so does growth in solar power production.Read more
Northern Vermont power storage system would use “frozen air” to back up NEK wind power – Vermont Daily Chronicle
A cutting edge power storage/generation facility in Northern Vermont would use surplus power to cryo-freeze air, then release it at room temperature to power turbines when power is in demand. Awesome idea – but will it cost? And – who will pay?Read more
A cutting-edge energy storage technology plant will be built in northern Vermont by a Burlington-based company and a partner. As planned, the “liquid air” facility will store 50 megawatts of electricity – about five percent of Vermont’s total electricity load. It could also provide a storage solution to intermittent wind and solar power producing both too much and too little electricity for the power grid. Game-changer?Read more
The same legislative body that voted to close Vermont Yankee, the state’s biggest carbon-free power generator, is now seeking to remake state government into an engine of carbon-reduction.Read more
Allaying the fearful predictions of anti-nuclear activists, a non-radiological inspection by the State of Vermont has turned up “no real significant contamination” at Vermont Yankee. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission oversees all potential radiological contamination, but the State has regulatory oversight over all other possible contaminants.Read more
After leading Green Mountain Power, Vermont’s largest electricity utility, through an organizational culture change and a major policy shift from baseload power to more distributed, renewable power and aggressive marketing of home batteries and other consumer-based renewables, Mary Powell announced today she has resigned. She will be replaced by Senior VP Mari McClure.
NorthStar, the company decommissioning Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, is getting good marks for safety from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. That's good news for NorthStar, which hopes to build a national reputation for nuke plant decommissioning, and REALLY good news for Brattleboro area residents. The only thing that's missing is the carbon-free power - 620 megawatts! - that Vermont Yankee used to generate. Oh - and VY's more than 600 great-paying jobs.
Democratic candidate tweeted twice today that to make Vermont a more affordable place to live, Vermont must spend more on paid family leave and childcare, "raise wages," and get off fossil fuels. Could this make Vermont more affordable?Read more
In another terrific installment of what should be an award-winning series, "Did It Work?", VPR found that Green Mountain Power spent $2.2 million on a St. Albans manure biodigester that was never built due to local and regulatory resistance.Read more
Green Mountain Power has installed 2,000 Tesla Powerwalls in ratepayers' homes. It says the customers are saving money. But the State of Vermont wants to know if the battery program is saving all ratepayers money. Or do the batteries' costs outweigh the benefit of reducing peak power rates?Read more