Wind energy advocates want the Douglas Administration to lift its wind ban on large scale wind projects on state land; energy consultant tells lawmakers that Vermont has electricity choices other than the Vermont Yankee power plant; more…
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Paving projects and repairs to highway bridges lead the list of work to be
funded by an additional $10 million in state transportation spending;
Vermont utilities rely on Hydro Quebec and Vermont Yankee for
two-thirds of their power. But contracts for that electricity begin to expire
in four years. Energy
experts say replacing those contracts will force the state to consider some big
changes in its mix of power supplies…
The state will borrow an additional $10 million for transportation
projects as part of an economic stimulus package. But
members of a state advisory council were dismayed to learn this week that none
of that money will go to improve the rail network in Vermont.
When Vermont Yankee’s license expires, the company won’t have
enough money in a special fund to dismantle the plant. But the state has required wind energy companies to pay up front the full cost
of decommissioning their projects. Wind advocates are saying there’s a double standard here.