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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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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: TDI Transmission Project – Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The Vermont Public Service Board will be holding a public hearing on a very large scale electric transmission project proposed in Vermont. TDI Transmission Project Tuesday evening, February 24, 2015 7:00 pm Fair Haven Union High School, (Band Room) 33 Mechanic Street, Fair Haven, Vermont The project proposed by TDI is planned to go underneath…

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You’re Fired! – I Quit!
by Sandy Levine

The owners of the troubled Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant chose to “quit” before they were “fired.” The recent regulatory decision by the Vermont Public Service Board highlights the long and troubled history that led most Vermonters to completely lose faith in the owner’s ability to responsibly manage the plant. In stark terms the Board…

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Vermont Supreme Court Reviews Vermont Yankee
by Sandy Levine

Can the Vermont Public Service Board determine the meaning of its own orders? The answer would seem to be “Of Course!” But that is the question that Vermont Yankee’s owners are putting before the Vermont Supreme Court. In two orders the Vermont Public Service Board issued a strong rebuke to Entergy. The Board refused to…

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Vermont Yankee — Hanging by a Thread
by Sandy Levine

The past few weeks have not been kind to Vermont Yankee or its owners. Investment analysts continue to raise doubts about Yankee’s economic future. It is costing more to run the plant and its future looks bleak. In Vermont, hearings began last week before the Public Service Board on whether state approval should be granted.…

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Vermont Yankee is in a Tight Box
by Sandy Levine

Regulators issued another strong rebuke to the owners of Vermont Yankee. The Vermont Public Service Board strongly rejected Entergy’s requests to change prior orders. Entergy continues to operate in defiance of Vermont law. Patience with this sort of behavior is wearing thin.  Read the decision here. Entergy asked to change orders so that it would…

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Future of Vermont Yankee – Let your Voice be Heard
by Sandy Levine

When:  Monday evening, November 19, 2012 beginning at 7 pm. Where:  Vermont Interactive Television sites around Vermont – Find locations here. What:  Should Vermont Yankee – a tired, old nuclear facility on the banks of the Connecticut River retire and its untrustworthy owners close shop? How:  Speak up at a public hearing. This is YOUR…

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Vermont Yankee – A Stunning Rebuke
by Sandy Levine

In a sharply worded decision, the Vermont Public Service Board made clear yesterday that it intends to holds Entergy to its commitments. The Board stated that the provision of Vermont law that allows licenses to continue while a new proceeding is underway “does not provide authority for Vermont Yankee to continue operating, and storing spent…

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Give Entergy an Inch and They (Try To) Take a Mile
by Sandy Levine

Entergy asked the Public Service Board today to just give it a new certificate of public good claiming no further review is needed. Judge Murtha’s decision was clear. The Vermont Public Service Board continues to have authority to review Entergy’s actions and determine if continued operation is beneficial to Vermont.