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8:30 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Power Company Proposes Fishing Pier in Vermont Town

A planning commission in St. Johnsbury, Vt., has approved a power company's proposal to build a fishing pier.

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North Country News
10:20 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Vermont Utility Starts Work on Energy Innovation Center

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Vermont's largest electric utility says work is getting under way on an energy innovation center in an existing building in downtown Rutland.

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North Country News
5:30 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Vermont Utility Wants to Boost Electricity at Lowell

Vermont's Green Mountain Power wants permission to install equipment that will boost the amount of electricity that its turbines in the Lowell Mountain wind project can put out in the New England grid.

The Caledonian-Record reports that Lowell wind operators noticed Tuesday that three of the 21 turbines were not producing electricity. They said capacity has been curtailed by ISO-New England, which runs the New England grid.

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North Country News
4:51 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Merged Vermont Electric Utility, Union Make Single Deal

About 300 unionized workers and Green Mountain Power have reached a five-year labor agreement that brings all employees under one contract after the company's expansion following its merger with the Central Vermont Public Service Corp.

GMP said Tuesday the contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 brings all union employees together under a single contract.

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5:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Vermont Utility Says Snow Caused Loud Wind Turbines

Vermont's largest electric utility says snow stuck to turbine blades caused a roaring sound that drew noise complaints shortly after the Lowell Mountain turbines started operating.

At least 21 neighbors complained about the noise, which began on the morning of Nov. 3 and lasted into Nov. 4.

The neighbors complained to the Vermont Department of Public Service.

Green Mountain Power spokesman Robert Dostis says the excess noise was caused by the weather conditions.

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8:00 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Vermont Ski Resort Touts Lift Run with Manure Power

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Vermont's Killington ski resort and Green Mountain Power are highlighting a project that is using cow manure to power one of the resort's lifts.

The Cow Power program enables customers to purchase all or part of their electricity at a premium and support Vermont's dairy farms.

The program works by collecting cow manure, mixing it with wash water from the milking equipment and then pumping that slurry into a digester where it is heated for three weeks. The process converts the manure into biogas that is 60 percent methane.

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7:00 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Vermont Regulators Turn Down Appeal in Utility Merger

The Vermont Public Service Board has once again rejected arguments that ratepayers should get a $21 million refund when the state's two largest utilities merged.

Vermont Public Radio reports the board this week upheld a key provision of its June order that allowed Green Mountain Power to merge with Central Vermont Public Service Corporation.

The deal was panned by the consumer group AARP, which had raised an alarm over a payback provision for extra money CVPS customers were ordered to pay the company a decade ago to pull it back from the brink of bankruptcy.

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5:45 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Vermont Police Arrest 6 Blocking Wind Construction

Lowell Mountain Protesters 8-6-12
Mountain Talk/Pat O'Neill

Vermont police say six protesters have been arrested at the site of the Lowell mountain wind-power project.

The activists say at least 45 individuals on Monday prevented construction workers and equipment from reaching the construction area along the top of the mountain.

The protesters believe the project is destroying a pristine ridgeline and has little environmental benefit.

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5:21 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Committee Hearings Held Regarding Legislature Involvement in Utility Merger

The merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service has become controversial due to how the merged company plans to refund $21 million owed to CVPS ratepayers.  The companies want to repay ratepayers through energy efficiency measures, but AARP-Vermont and others have been pushing for direct cash refunds. An amendment was presented in the Vermont House that would force the direct payments to customers.  The House Natural Resources and Energy and the Commerce and Economic Development committees took testimony Tuesday on the appropriateness of Legislative intervention.

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