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New Haven seeks to challenge PSB over solar arrays

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



NEW HAVEN — Officials in New Haven, long frustrated by the proliferation of solar arrays in the rural Addison County town and the town’s lack of control over regulating them, is taking a new approach in court.

Until now, municipalities have not held any official weight in hearings on proposed utility developments; the Public Service Board has sole discretion on such matters.

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Carbon tax, solar arrays spur debate

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — At the legislative breakfast at the Congregational Church of Weybridge on Monday, lawmakers discussed the future of education reform in Vermont (see story, here).

Other discussion at Monday’s breakfast focused on:

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Opinion: Young residents key to Vermont's solar future

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Emily McManamy



When my husband and I were house hunting in 2010, Starksboro was not on ourradar. We were young 20-somethings on the hunt for an affordable propertyin Chittenden County unaware of Addison County’s rural charm. As nativeVermonters, we craved space, peace and quiet and hunted for the progressive,inventive ethic we enjoyed from our college years in Boston. And that’s howwe found Starksboro.

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Ferrisburgh seeks more control over solar arrays

Posted on April 13, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its April 7 meeting passed a resolution, one that has circulated among a number of Vermont communities, asking state legislators to amend laws to give towns more say in the siting of renewable energy projects during Public Service Board proceedings.

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Opinion: PSB has licensed the desecreation of the Green Mountains

Posted on April 13, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



Vermont is racing toward a crisis of unprecedented magnitude and irreversible consequence. At stake is not a few lives, but our very way of life. Crisis is the touchstone of sincerity and opportunity, requiring immediate action to achieve renewal.

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Opinion: Legislature missing the mark on solar

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Peter Rothschild



Last week there was a public hearing in front of a joint Vermont House and Senate Energy Committee, in Montpelier. At issue was the degree to which there should be any regulation on the development of solar energy in Vermont, and what jurisdiction should be responsible for the regulations should there be any. The contentious siting issue is a byproduct of legislation (Section 248) that empowers the Vermont Public Service Board to approve solar projects without regard to local zoning rules and town plans.

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Editorial: Crisis in siting solar arrays could stall industry's growth

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



With Statehouse discussion dominated this session by the $112 million budget shortfall and education reform measures focused on consolidation and improving outcomes, energy-related issues have fallen out of the spotlight to the detriment of Vermonters.

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Builders invited to share issues on energy efficiency

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



 

MIDDLEBURY — Why does it cost so much to build a new energy efficient house, and what’s up with all of these crazy insulation details?

People who are involved in the building trades are often asked these questions, and some of them ask these questions themselves.

Vermont Integrated Architecture, a Middlebury design and planning firm, is inviting area builders and architects to its “Roundtable for Residential Building Professionals” on March 25 to discuss such questions in an open, roundtable format.

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Solar issue could set precedent

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Residents of the Mile Point lakefront area in Ferrisburgh continue to fight on multiple fronts against what a recently installed 150-kilowatt solar array on a corner of Basin Harbor Club’s 700-acre property — in a case that could have statewide implications.

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Opinion: Solar sets path to renewable future

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Kate Williams



When I moved to Vermont years ago I knew I needed to find a way to affordably heat my Leicester home. At the time fuel oil was my only option but just recently I learned of this virtuous combination of having a heat pump and solar panels heat your home.

I love the idea that these two work together to create renewable heating. The affordability of solar heat was enticing but more than anything I wanted a way to reduce my carbon footprint, to help reduce my contribution to climate change. But, my plan hit a snag. My home is too shaded for solar.

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