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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


March 22, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy in Vermont is a sham

Industrial wind turbines and solar panels are generating electricity in Vermont. Wind and sunlight are renewable energy. But they don’t count toward Vermont’s goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. Industrial wind- and solar-power developers here receive Renewable Energy Credits that they sell in Southern New England to fulfill those states’ “renewable-energy” goals. Developers build industrial wind turbines and solar panels on Vermont ridgelines, hillsides and fields so that Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island can tint themselves “green” while . . . Complete story »


Region’s power grid manager gets OK for renewable-fossil fuel exchange auction

New England has gotten federal approval for a first-in-the-nation type of power supply auction. It’ll let new renewable energy projects take over for old fossil fuel plants on the grid. Once a year, the nonprofit grid operator ISO-New England holds an auction for power generators who want to supply energy for the region, starting three years out. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, decided this month that ISO can add a new auction to the process for next year. . . . Complete story »


March 18, 2018 • Editorials, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

wRECked

A news article published this week looking at some of the misconceptions about Vermont’s renewables industry has generated an electrifying debate over how “green” our state actually is – not what it claims to be. In 2016, the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School was asked to do an analysis of renewable energy credits (REC) in Vermont. That report pointed out that Vermonters received almost 0 percent of their energy from solar and wind sources, in part . . . Complete story »


March 17, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Opponents file motion to end Dairy Air Wind petition

HOLLAND – The town of Holland and other parties say there’s enough uncontested evidence for state regulators to throw out an application for a large wind turbine on Dairy Air Farm. The town, joined by Northeastern Vermont Development Association and residents Hollis and Angela Thresher and Shawn Bickford, filed a motion for summary judgment last week demanding that the Vermont Public Utilities Commission reject the petition for a certificate of public good for the Dairy Air Wind Project and the proposed . . . Complete story »


March 16, 2018 • Press releases, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Understanding Vermont’s Energy Policies

Vermonters for a Clean Environment has released a report, Understanding Vermont’s Energy Policies. It describes five current policies, and explains how they are not doing what Vermonters expect regarding energy policy and consumption. The five policies the paper reviews are: • Renewable Energy Standard (RES) • standard-offer program • net-metering program • Act 174’s energy planning process • Arbitrage with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) Most Vermonters accept the reality of climate change and support the transition to renewable energy from . . . Complete story »


March 15, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

State of renewables not what you might think

Whether you find them beautiful or an eyesore, the thousands of solar panels arrayed by the state’s roadsides and wind turbines lining some mountain ridges represent, to the average Vermonter, a symbol of the state’s efforts to build a cleaner energy future. But appearances can be deceiving. In 2016, the state Legislature was given an independent report that revealed Vermont’s electric customers actually buy zero percent of the wind energy and just 0.4 percent of photovoltaic solar energy produced in . . . Complete story »


March 13, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Taxes and zoning take center stage

READSBORO – Moderator Jim LeQuier opened Town Meeting Monday evening with a caveat to the audience that the school budget had already been decided and was not open for discussion. But the school tax was apparently not off limits and would become more than a peripheral part of a revenue debate involving the windmill project. Resident Larry Hopkins read from a November 2017 selectboard report: “’Town officials met with Deerfield Wind Project officials and reviewed anticipated payment schedule for the . . . Complete story »


March 9, 2018 • VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Regional plan could provide local say on renewables

Want a say in where renewable energy comes from in your neighborhood? The Lamoille County Planning Commission is looking for public comment on its renewable energy plan. A public hearing on the plan will be held March 13 at 5 p.m. at Lamoille County Planning Commission’s Morristown office. The plan is available online at lcpcvt.org. Nine of Lamoille County’s 10 towns are part of the regional planning commission; the exception is Morristown. The commission has been working on its renewable . . . Complete story »


March 5, 2018 • Vermont, WashingtonPrint storyE-mail story

Carbon tax fails — again — in Washington

Dive Brief: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax has stalled again, this time because the measure lacked enough votes in the state Senate, where Democrats hold an advantage. Proposed in January, the tax would have been set initially at $20/ton, rising annually by an inflation-adjusted 3.5%. The tax would have brought in more than $3 billion over the next four years, bill supporters estimated. While Inslee and supporters of the tax are confident there will eventually be a cost on . . . Complete story »


Wind power proposals surpass natural gas plans

The manager of New England’s power grid says for the first time ever, there are more proposals for new wind power projects than there are for natural gas. But getting those wind turbines up and running is a totally different ballgame. About half of those new proposed wind projects would be onshore – in northern parts of New England. But here’s the problem: many don’t have a way to plug into the grid. “Half of the wind projects would be sited . . . Complete story »


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