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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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Bungled Vermont Gas Pipeline – Comments Needed
by Sandy Levine

Pulling the plug on the Vermont Gas pipeline is long overdue. Conservation Law Foundation sued to require that Vermont Gas Systems demonstrate the proposed pipeline is justified. You can read our brief and reply brief here. It should be a tall order. If regulators knew in 2013 what they know now, it is hard to…

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Public Hearing: Vermont Gas Systems Rates
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a planned rate increase and use of customer funds to support expansion of Vermont Gas facilities. Vermont Gas Systems – Rates & Use of Customer Funds for Pipeline Thursday evening, June 16, 2016  7:00 p.m  Colchester High School 131 Laker Lane, Colchester, VT Climate…

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Vermont Gas Pipeline: A Closer Look at Ballooning Costs
by Sandy Levine

When costs double, taking a closer look at a project makes sense. That will happen in Vermont with the Vermont Gas Pipeline. Vermont regulators recently denied a request by Vermont Gas to sweep under the rug a closer look at the pipeline’s exorbitant cost increases. You can read the Board’s Order here. Vermont rules require…