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
A new pilot program will allow Vermont businesses to buy as much renewable power as they need at the price they set. Sort of like ‘Priceline,” but you’re buying electricity, not travel tickets. And of course, the energy seller must agree to your price, or else – no deal!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.
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 the latest installment of "Did It Work?", its outstanding series on whether renewable energy-related projects in Vermont are working, VPR studies the proposed Burlington - Rutland commuter rail project. Perhaps it should be called Am-NOT-ON-trak. Well, maybe the $7 million or so allocated by the Legislature will fix that......Read more
An energy consultant says Hydro-Quebec power costs about six cents per kilowatt-hour. That's twice the cost of "market power" sourced mostly from natural gas, but it's still twice as cheap as most wind and solar power. And it's renewable. Good deal? Or should we look elsewhere?
City of Montpelier wants to operate its entire vehicle fleet - even heavy, all-season equipment - on renewable power. Is this doable?Read more
Counter-productive street theater aside, this story highlights an important question: will upstream ownership of Green Mountain Power lead to any changes in Vermont energy use?Read more