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Opinion: Vermont landscape being blanketed by solar projects

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Virginia Williams



The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont are back and this 21st-century army of renewable energy soldiers is by all appearances fighting for nothing more than personal gain. With warp-speed competitive zeal this 1 percent band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.

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Opinion: Solar power projects should also face local review

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Paul and Frances Stone



The rapid influx of solar panels in Vermont is causing a blight on the landscape, mainly due to the fact that town planning has no input in the siting process. State law gives the Public Service Board, which has only three members, complete responsibility for determining the location of all energy projects; the board does not have to respect local planning. So the board lets the developer do the siting and apparently doesn’t care enough to think about how these solar panels are changing the character of Vermont.

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PSB declines to alter Phase I pipeline approval, details future rate hike

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday decided not to reopen the Certificate of Public Good it issued Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project, allowing construction of the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes to continue.

The state utilities regulator also detailed an increased burden on Vermont Gas Systems ratepayers, who will ultimately pay for the pipeline project.

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Opinion: Green energy project impacts should be shared

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Peter Rothschild



As yesterday’s article in the Rutland Herald demonstrated, a major issue in achieving Vermont’s goal of producing 90 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 is how to balance what has been determined to be the public good with the democratic character of our society.

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Opinion: PSB should reexamine Phase I pipeline project

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Bethany Barry Menkart



I call on the Public Service Board to re-open discussion of the permit for Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline. Here are some of the reasons.

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Federal regulator cedes pipeline jurisdiction to N.Y., Vt.

Posted on September 30, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The federal agency responsible for regulating interstate energy projects has granted a waiver that gives New York and Vermont, the two states through which Phase II of Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project would run, authority to approve or reject the plan.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a ruling Sept. 26 that Phase II complies with the Natural Gas Act, which prohibits the construction of a natural gas pipeline in an area already served by natural gas.

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Change in solar array taxes costs towns

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — Drive from Vergennes to Middlebury along Route 7, and you won’t go more than a few miles without seeing a solar array. As towns like New Haven are deluged with proposals for new solar arrays, citizens and town officials are wondering, “What’s in it for us?”

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Opinion: Davis correct in critique of PSB

Posted on September 24, 2014 |
By Ralph Worrick



Kudos to Eric Davis for his excellent and concise analysis of the flaws in the Public Service Board process. He clearly identifies the needed solutions to make the PSB the independent body it must be in order to uphold the public trust. As an intervenor in the Phase 2 docket, I have come to the conclusion that the process as it currently stands violates Article 4 of the Vermont Constitution, which states:

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Public Service Board delays Phase II pipeline hearings

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board on Friday postponed technical hearings related to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project while it considers whether to examine its approval of Phase I of the pipeline.

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