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Public Service Board http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/759/all en Vermont Gas admits it kept regulators in the dark on pipeline cost increase http://addisonindependent.com/201503new-testimony-shows-vt-gas-knew-about-cost-hike-didnt-tell-psb-five-months <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; Vermont Gas Systems officials last year knew the company&rsquo;s proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County would cost much more than anticipated, but waited more than five months to tell regulators &mdash; even after the Department of Public Service requested that it do so.</p> <p> This information came to light in recent testimony by Vermont Gas executives in a Public Service Board proceeding to determine whether the company violated board procedure by not providing timely cost updates for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29071">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503new-testimony-shows-vt-gas-knew-about-cost-hike-didnt-tell-psb-five-months" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County AARP CLF cost hike Department of Public Service Dumont Featured Marchildon Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Recchia Rendall Simollardes Vermont Gas Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:15:06 +0000 Zach Despart 29071 at http://addisonindependent.com Solar issue could set precedent http://addisonindependent.com/201503solar-issue-could-set-precedent <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28962" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201503solar-issue-could-set-precedent"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/SolarArray0229.thumbnail.jpg" alt="SolarArray0229.jpg" title="SolarArray0229.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MANY MILE POINT Road residents in Ferrisburgh are upset with the placement and appearance of a new solar array on Basin Harbor Club property, and are questioning the Public Service Board process. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; 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&rsquo;s 700-acre property &mdash; in a case that could have statewide implications.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28963">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503solar-issue-could-set-precedent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ferrisburgh Basin Harbor Club Featured Ferrisburgh Public Service Board solar Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:01:43 +0000 Zach Despart 28963 at http://addisonindependent.com Phase I cost hike, Phase II cancellation could be bad news for Vt. Gas ratepayers http://addisonindependent.com/201502phase-i-cost-hike-phase-ii-cancellation-bad-news-vt-gas-ratepayers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; As regulators sort through the fallout of Vermont Gas Systems&rsquo; decision last week to <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201502vermont-gas-abandons-phase-ii-pipeline">cancel its application for its Phase II pipeline</a> and announcement in December of a <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-sweetens-deal-phase-ii-towns-wont-call-it-precedent">massive cost hike for Phase I</a>, opponents of the pipeline warn that both events will significantly raise the burden ratepayers will be asked to bear for the Phase I project.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28645">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502phase-i-cost-hike-phase-ii-cancellation-bad-news-vt-gas-ratepayers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County AARP CLF Department of Public Service Dumont Featured Levine Marchildon Parent Phase I Phase II pipeline Public Service Board Recchia Rendall Vermont Gas Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:21:52 +0000 Zach Despart 28645 at http://addisonindependent.com Supreme Court lets PSB re-open investigation into Phase I pipeline http://addisonindependent.com/201502supreme-court-lets-psb-re-open-investigation-phase-i-pipeline <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The state Supreme Court on Feb. 9 gave the green light to the Public Service Board to launch a wide-ranging second investigation into Vermont Gas Systems&rsquo; budgeting practices for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.</p> <p> By granting remand, a process by which a higher court sends a case back to a lower tribunal, the Supreme Court ceded jurisdiction to the Public Service Board to consider whether to alter or revoke its December 2013 approval of the project, a 41-mile pipeline through Chittenden and Addison counties.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28546">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502supreme-court-lets-psb-re-open-investigation-phase-i-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Vermont Gas Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:52:18 +0000 Zach Despart 28546 at http://addisonindependent.com Vermont Gas abandons Phase II pipeline http://addisonindependent.com/201502vermont-gas-abandons-phase-ii-pipeline <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart and John S. McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Reaction to the announcement Tuesday that Vermont Gas Systems would abandon its proposal to build a $105 million pipeline from Middlebury to Ticonderoga, N.Y., was met with a mixture of joy and relief from Addison County residents who would have been directly affected.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was delighted because we spent more than two years trying to defeat this project,&rdquo; said Cornwall Selectman Bruce Hiland.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28545">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502vermont-gas-abandons-phase-ii-pipeline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cornwall Cornwall Featured Hiland Martin Middlebury Phase II pipeline Public Service Board Rendall Shoreham Vermont Gas Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:48:40 +0000 Zach Despart 28545 at http://addisonindependent.com Regulators, Vt. Gas gird for newest court battle http://addisonindependent.com/201502regulators-vt-gas-gird-newest-court-battle <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Vermont Gas Systems, opponents of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline and state regulators have all filed briefs attempting to influence how the Public Service Board conducts an investigation into the project&rsquo;s second multi-million-dollar cost hike.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28410">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502regulators-vt-gas-gird-newest-court-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Department of Public Service Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Vermont Gas Thu, 05 Feb 2015 13:29:00 +0000 Zach Despart 28410 at http://addisonindependent.com Vermont Gas details cost hike reasons in PSB report http://addisonindependent.com/201501vermont-gas-details-cost-hike-reasons-psb-report <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; In a flurry of filings before the Public Service Board Thursday afternoon, Vermont Gas Systems detailed the cost drivers for the most recent budget increase for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.</p> <p> Company executives argued that the pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes still will bring significant economic benefits to the state, and asked regulators to allow the project to continue.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28046">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501vermont-gas-details-cost-hike-reasons-psb-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Featured Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Vermont Gas Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:37:00 +0000 Zach Despart 28046 at http://addisonindependent.com Pipeline opponents ask PSB to investigate December pipeline cost hike http://addisonindependent.com/201501pipeline-opponents-ask-psb-investigate-december-pipeline-cost-hike <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; The three members of the Public Service Board may have had a bout of d&eacute;j&agrave; vu Monday afternoon. That&rsquo;s when, as expected, opponents of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project formally asked the board to investigate a <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-sweetens-deal-phase-ii-towns-wont-call-it-precedent">second major cost hike</a> announced by the company for Phase I of the pipeline.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27986">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501pipeline-opponents-ask-psb-investigate-december-pipeline-cost-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County AARP Department of Public Service Dumont Lyons Marchildon Parent Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Recchia Rendall Vermont Gas Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:41:45 +0000 Zach Despart 27986 at http://addisonindependent.com Pipeline cost hikes raise questions about Vermont Gas' ability to project expenses http://addisonindependent.com/201501pipeline-cost-hikes-raise-questions-about-vermont-gas-ability-project-expenses <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; The Dec. 19 announcement by Vermont Gas Systems of a <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-sweetens-deal-phase-ii-towns-wont-call-it-precedent">second multi-million-dollar price hike</a> for Phase I of its Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline disappointed regulators and the governor and raised key questions about the company&rsquo;s ability to both manage the project and rein in costs.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27874">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501pipeline-cost-hikes-raise-questions-about-vermont-gas-ability-project-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Dumont Featured Parent Peyser Phase I pipeline Public Service Board Recchia Rendall Vasatka Vermont Gas Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:11:38 +0000 Zach Despart 27874 at http://addisonindependent.com Shumlin taps Hoffman for Public Service Board http://addisonindependent.com/201501shumlin-taps-hoffman-public-service-board <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> MONTPELIER &mdash; Gov. Peter Shumlin will appoint Sarah Hofmann to serve as a member of the Public Service Board, replacing retiring board member John Burke.</p> <p> Hofmann is a former deputy commissioner and public advocate at the Department of Public Service, and is currently the executive director of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners. She will begin to hear new matters at the Public Service Board starting in March 2015.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27788">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501shumlin-taps-hoffman-public-service-board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Hoffman Public Service Board Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:21:23 +0000 Zach Despart 27788 at http://addisonindependent.com Public Service Board rejects Middlebury solar array http://addisonindependent.com/201501public-service-board-rejects-middlebury-solar-array <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John Flowers </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Vermont Public Service Board has denied a proposal by Bullrock Corp. to install a 150kW solar array near The Residence at Otter Creek (TROC) that would have defrayed around 25 percent of the Middlebury retirement community&rsquo;s annual energy bill.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27784">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501public-service-board-rejects-middlebury-solar-array" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury Public Service Board solar Mon, 05 Jan 2015 15:13:56 +0000 Zach Despart 27784 at http://addisonindependent.com SunCommon withdraws Route 7 solar proposal in New Haven http://addisonindependent.com/201412suncommon-withdraws-route-7-solar-proposal-new-haven <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> NEW HAVEN &mdash; The application for what has become a controversial 150-kilowatt community solar array in New Haven was withdrawn on Dec. 19. Waterbury solar firm SunCommon withdrew the application with the Public Service Board citing community concerns.</p> <p> The proposal would have occupied about one acre on the west side of Route 7 near the Waltham town line. The company noted opposition to the project in its decision to end its bid, and issued the following statement:</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27722">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412suncommon-withdraws-route-7-solar-proposal-new-haven" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County New Haven Public Service Board solar SunCommon Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:12:35 +0000 Zach Despart 27722 at http://addisonindependent.com Neighbors petition PSB on solar array in Ferrisburgh http://addisonindependent.com/201412neighbors-petition-psb-solar-array-ferrisburgh <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; A neighbor is requesting that the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) reconsider the Certificate of Public Good the board issued to the Basin Harbor Club for a 150-kilowatt solar array at 4800 Basin Harbor Road.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27666">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412neighbors-petition-psb-solar-array-ferrisburgh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ferrisburgh Basin Harbor Club Featured Ferrisburgh opposition Public Service Board solar Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:06:45 +0000 Zach Despart 27666 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Cornwall wise to halt Vt. Gas talks http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-cornwall-wise-halt-vt-gas-talks <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jane Palmer </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.</p> <p align="left"> Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz M&eacute;tro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27654">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412opinion-cornwall-wise-halt-vt-gas-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Cornwall Monkton MOU Phase I Phase II pipeline Public Service Board Vermont Gas Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:35:42 +0000 Zach Despart 27654 at http://addisonindependent.com Vt. Gas says cash offer to Cornwall does not set a precedent http://addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-says-cash-offer-cornwall-does-not-set-precedent <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Zach Despart </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Vermont Gas Systems&rsquo; recent <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-cornwall-reach-agreement-phase-ii-pipeline">offer of $1.5 million in cash and other incentives</a> to Cornwall if the town dropped its opposition to Phase II of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project signaled a change in tactics for the company as it tries to complete the three-phase pipeline project.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27599">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412vt-gas-says-cash-offer-cornwall-does-not-set-precedent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Cornwall Featured Monkton MOU Parent Phase I Phase II Public Service Board Rendall Vermont Gas Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:21:35 +0000 Zach Despart 27599 at http://addisonindependent.com