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New England News
6:53 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Federal Court Decision Could Affect Biomass Industry

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to put a "biogenic carbon deferral" into place in 2011 that would postpone regulating the carbon emissions from biogenic sources for three years.

The temporary deferral was set to expire in 2014, when EPA is due to release a decision on the future regulations of biomass energy after the results of a 3-year study on carbon emissions associated with bioenergy sources.

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New England News
1:54 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Greenfield Passes Moratorium on Biomass Energy Plants

The town council of Greenfield, Massachusetts has voted to approve a 14-month moratorium on industrial biomass power generators and all waste-to-energy projects until September, 2014.

It’s believed that the 14 month moratorium on industrial size biomass burning and all waste to energy projects in Greenfield is the first of its kind in Massachusetts.   Eleven members of the 12-member town council approved the moratorium, with one member abstaining.

The vote came after a petition was submitted to the town council with a large amount of support from town residents.

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North Country News
11:48 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Moves Forward On Controversial Renewable Energy Bill

Vermont Statehouse

The Vermont Senate moved a controversial energy bill forward Tuesday after removing most of the provisions causing problems.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Energy Bill Draws Critics

Vermont Statehouse
Credit WAMC

Legislation that began as a proposed three-year moratorium on wind development in Vermont is drawing the ire of environmental and renewable energy advocates.

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North Country News
12:35 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmakers and Advocates Focus on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

Some lawmakers in Montpelier are focusing on climate change and renewable energy this week.  An advocacy group is releasing a renewable plan while testimony is given on how climate change is impacting business.

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North Country News
6:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Wind Tax Credit Approved as Part of Fiscal Cliff Vote

The recently passed fiscal cliff legislation included a one year extension of a wind tax credit, a welcome move for developers in Vermont.  The credit is being renewed at the same time that a pair of state senators are calling for a moratorium on wind development.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Massachusetts Computing Center Set To Start Operating

Some of the cabinets that will house computers in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick headed a list of hundreds of government, academic and business leaders who gathered in Holyoke Friday to mark the completion of an energy efficient high performance computing center.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 Governor Patrick said the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center holds great scientific and economic promise, and he praised the partnership of government, academia and business that built the $165 million dollar center.

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WAMC News
5:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Solar-Powered Furnace Business Proposed for Vermont

A Minnesota renewable energy company is looking to help set up a solar-powered furnace business in Vermont.

The furnaces would be made in a 6,000 square-foot former mill building in Bellows Falls. The Eagle-Times reports the company, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance, has agreed to provide its patented design of solar panels that create heat through a furnace through a Vermont company. The local company would be called RREAL Warm.

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WAMC News
6:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Consortium of Rural Towns Support Wind Development, Opponents Say Sampling Too Small

WAMC

Renewable energy advocates are praising a vote by a rural consortium of towns in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom supporting wind development.  But opponents say the sample is too small to be of consequence.

At the annual meeting of the Unified Towns and Gores of Essex County, voters supported wind projects by 24 to 16.  Renewable Energy Vermont Gabrielle Stebbins says it reaffirms what other polls and votes across the state have determined.

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Capital District News
12:35 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Ed Steins - SolarCity Regional Vice President for New York and the Northeast

SolarCity, a national chain of solar energy infrastructure installation and maintenance professionals, is expanding its Albany operation center, and has announced they are hiring for 34 positions across the state, including eight at their Albany location.

The expansion coincides with the company’s approval last week as a fully affiliated contractor by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and their accreditation in June as an affiliate contractor in NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program.

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