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Developers push pause on Vermont Green Line permitting process

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — Developers of the proposed Vermont Green Line renewable energy project, which would bury a high-tension power line through part of Addison County, announced Wednesday that they are voluntarily suspending the formal process for getting a state permit.

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Solar project gets approval in Brandon

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has given its blessing to another solar project in town.

Mike Norris of Norris Brothers Solar Development of New Haven appeared before the board on April 24 to request a letter of support for a 500-kilowatt solar array on 3.75 acres next to the Smoke Rise Quarry off Route 7 north of downtown.

Norris said he and his brother Pete started the solar company three years ago with the goal of building smaller, 150- to 500-kilowatt solar projects.

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Salisbury biogas-to-energy plan scuttled

Posted on April 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Integrated Energy Solutions (EIS) has pulled the plug on a project that would have extracted energy from cow manure and sent it through a pipeline from Salisbury to Middlebury College.

Dan Smith, president of EIS, confirmed the news during a recent phone interview. He declined to discuss specific reasons for scuttling the already permitted project, but indicated financing has been a major obstacle.

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Human Powered Parade to roll through Bristol

Posted on April 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — For bike advocate and youth leader Melanie Kessler using human-powered transportation is all about joy.

To celebrate that exuberance and to empower others to create their own human power, the 38-year-old Bristol resident is organizing the first annual Human Powered Parade and Celebration, which will be held May 20 in Bristol.

Kessler describes it as a “possibility parade for all things that roll petroleum free.”

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New Haven pioneers with energy plan: Among first to try for 'substantial deference'

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Perhaps nowhere in Vermont has siting of solar power arrays generated as much controversy as in New Haven.

The town’s sweeping open fields and hosting of a substation that feeds into VELCO’s high-voltage transmission lines (the ones that move energy across towns, states and regions) have made it a magnet for commercial solar power development. Large solar arrays now stand in some fields that once hosted cows and crops.

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Sen. Bray seeks to put teeth in renewable energy target

Posted on February 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — It was six years ago that then-Gov. Peter Shumlin recommended the state satisfy 90 percent of it energy needs through renewable sources by the year 2050.

Sen. Chris Bray, D-New Haven, is spearheading a bill that he hopes will make Shumlin’s goal a reality.

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Weybridge solar plan draws major opposition

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Developers of a 4.99-megawatt solar farm proposal for Weybridge invited neighbors to a Dec. 14 forum to get a sense of how the project might be received.

A vast majority of the 40 townspeople who showed up at the gathering at their local elementary school didn’t mince their words. They don’t want it, fearing that the solar farm — which would be one of the biggest in the state and the first ever pitched in Weybridge — would affect their views and property values.

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5-megawatt solar array proposed for Weybridge could equal largest in Vermont

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By John S. McCright



WEYBRIDGE — A Minneapolis developer is readying a proposal to build one of the state’s largest solar arrays in Weybridge.

Ecos Energy LLC sent a letter to Weybridge residents on Nov. 29 saying it is exploring development of two ground-mounted solar power arrays on an open field between Quaker Village Road and Field Days Road. Most of the 73-acre property is in Weybridge (58 acres), and 15 acres is in New Haven.

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Sun fuels Shoreham orchard's operations, not just its apples

Posted on October 13, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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SHOREHAM — “A farmer is always trying to figure out how to be independent,” said Shoreham orchardist Bill Suhr.

For Suhr, co-owner with wife, Andrea Scott, of Champlain Orchards, the foundation of that independence rests on sustainable energy.

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Bright idea: Kiernan pairs solar arrays and bees

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Kiernan has for years been concerned about the perplexing plunge in the number of pollinating creatures throughout the world.

Now the accomplished Porter Medical Center physician has made a commitment to “bee” part of the solution to a problem that is threatening the world’s ecosystems and food supply.

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