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Low Cost of Renewable Power
by Sandy Levine

Whether you are looking to put solar panels on your roof or joining with neighbors for a new community solar project, you know that the cost of renewable energy has come down a lot in the past few years. For many customers, using solar or wind guarantees stable or lower electric bills for years to…

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Solar School Success
by Sandy Levine

The future is bright at one Vermont school. Conservation Law Foundation joined other Vermont environmental groups and a class of fifth grade students to highlight the success of solar energy in Vermont. We gathered at the Crossett Brook Middle School. The solar project there provides the school with electricity, stable power costs, and a great…

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Hiding the Ball
by Sandy Levine

With our energy supply, when utilities hide the ball, the environment suffers. In Vermont, regulators just imposed a $100,000 fine on the developer of a large natural gas pipeline, Vermont Gas Systems.  You can read the order here. The company waited more than six months to disclose a significant cost increase for the project. The…

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Settlement on Large Transmission Project Adds Benefits for Communities, Environment, and Climate
by Sandy Levine

Conservation Law Foundation recently reached a settlement in a Vermont permitting case for a large new electric transmission project proposed by TDI-NE. The settlement adds significant benefits to a project planned to bring additional power from Canada into New England. The settlement ensures that the power being transmitted comes from hydro, wind, and solar projects…

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Farmland vs. Asphalt
by Sandy Levine

Valuable farmland in Vermont is under siege. A proposal is on tap to build more than 1 million square feet of hotel, conference center, industry, shops and houses on very valuable farmland at a rural highway exit.

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New Legislation in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

It was a long and tiring Legislative session this year in Vermont. On a very warm Saturday in May, Vermont’s legislators headed home. But not before making some good progress on key CLF priorities. Clean Water The key water quality bill, H.35,  focused on Lake Champlain. It sets a roadmap for further work. It provides…

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Vermont is Burning the Furniture
by Sandy Levine

Vermont legislators are scrambling to plug the budget – and there are plans to raid funding for heating efficiency to do that. This is troubling on many levels. It raids monies from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to backfill another shortage. It also comes on top of the proposal to shortchange energy efficiency as part of otherwise…

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Quiet and Hardworking: Energy Efficiency
by Sandy Levine

We all know them. Every family and office has at least one. That quiet and hardworking member of the team that day in and day out gets the job done. No fanfare needed. Just consistently delivering results. In the world of energy, that quiet and hardworking team member is energy efficiency. Every day, it cuts…