The $154 Million Question – Pipeline vs. Energy Efficiency and Renewables?

Richard Faesy, of Energy Futures Group, explains why Vermont would benefit more from energy efficiency and renewables than a new natural gas pipeline.One hundred fifty-four million dollars is a lot of money for Vermonters to spend on Vermont Gas Systems’ Addison County pipeline. That same amount of money could be much better spent weatherizing … [Read more...]

Second State Governor Pushes Microgrid Development in Inaugural Address

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin became the second governor this week to push microgrid development as part of an inaugural speech.The gubernatorial attention underscores the heightened political awareness of microgrids at the state level.Ushering in his third term, Shumlin described a future where electric delivery comes predominantly from … [Read more...]

Green Mountain Power Builds Microgrid to Revitalize City

Green Mountain Power has begun building what is believed to be the US’ first solar microgrid in a brownfield landfill,  part of project to revitalize Rutland City.The Vermont utility is installing 7,700 solar panels that can generate 2 MW, backed up by a 4-MW battery storage system.Called Stafford Hill Solar Farm, the $10 million microgrid … [Read more...]

Vermont to seek $6.5 million in private financing for thermal efficiency

The Vermont Public Service Department plans to issue a request for proposals soon seeking banks and credit unions to help finance an expanded thermal energy efficiency program.The state plans to invest $670,000 to leverage up to $6.5 million in private sector funds for residential efficiency and clean heating technologies.“Even though energy … [Read more...]