Sandy Levine

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Paving Vermont Farmland: Stopped!
by Sandy Levine

Strong Advocacy Leads to Conservation Stopping sprawl in its tracks and keeping valuable farmland available for farmers to use has taken a huge leap forward. In 2016, following a year-long legal case led by CLF, a developer withdrew plans to build a massive, sprawling complex, including shopping, a hotel, a conference center, offices, and housing in…

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Speak Out – Cleaning Up Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
by Sandy Levine

Cleaning up closed nuclear power plants is a vexing problem. The sites are contaminated and will remain so for decades, if not centuries. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant closed in 2014. Now, the current owners, Entergy, plan to transfer everything to a new owner, Northstar, in exchange for $1,000. You can read the Vermont…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline Forum This Wednesday
by Sandy Levine

The new folks in town want to hear what you think about the Vermont Gas Pipeline. WHAT:           Public Forum to Discuss Vermont Gas Pipeline Project WHEN:          Wednesday, February 22 TIME:            5:30 – 8:30pm WHERE:       Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr, Montpelier, VT…

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Vermont Gas: Poor Management. Who Pays?
by Sandy Levine

When the person you hire to build your new house bungles the project, you don’t expect to pay for all those mistakes. The same applies for massive utility projects. The bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline has a sad history of cost overruns, safety lapses, mistakes and mismanagement. Just a few of the problems include: Faulty analysis…

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A Solid Path Forward – Renewable Energy In Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Setting big goals and standards for cutting greenhouse gases or increasing renewable energy is one thing. Putting in place the nuts and bolts to actually make it happen is another. A recent Vermont Public Service Board order implements the renewable energy standard that was put in place by legislation (Act 56) in 2015. The order…

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Vermont Climate Solutions Summit – This Saturday
by Sandy Levine

Let’s figure out next steps together. This Saturday, Energy Independent Vermont is bringing together our friends, supporters and activists from all over the state for a day-long Climate Solutions Summit in Burlington, Vermont. The summit will kickoff the next stage in the campaign to work with our newly elected leaders in the Vermont State House…

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Bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline – Oral Argument Scheduled
by Sandy Levine

UPDATE: The location of the hearing on September 7 has now changed to the Pavilion Building Auditorium,109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont. The Vermont Public Service Board will hear oral arguments on September 7 at 11AM in Montpelier, Vermont, on Conservation Law Foundation’s petition seeking a new review of this misguided, mismanaged and bungled gas pipeline…

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Renewable Natural Gas – Another Missed Opportunity for Vermont Gas Systems
by Sandy Levine

When Vermont regulators approved an ill-fated natural gas pipeline in 2013, they required that the pipeline make available renewable natural gas for its customers. As conceived, this would be a (very) small step to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from expanding the use of fossil fuels in Vermont. Natural gas is methane. Cow poop also…

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Kicking the Fossil Fuel Habit
by Sandy Levine

Bad or unhealthy habits are tough to break. And they are even harder to break when options to replace them seem beyond our reach, or just plain impractical. This is as true with fossil fuels as it is with sugar or cigarettes, or too much screen time. And, unfortunately, there are those who benefit from…