Leaders from the Vermont Legislature and an organization that represents the interests of older Vermonters are at the state House of Representatives to urge passage of a bill that would give consumers and small businesses more influence in utility regulation cases heard by the Public Service Board.
A report on the dangers of smart meters prepared for the Vermont Department of Public Service says the radio frequency fields associated with the devices emit only a small fraction of the limits set by the Federal Communications Commission.
The report is based upon laboratory testing and field measurements of some wireless smart meters being used by Green Mountain Power and the Burlington Electric Department.
Last week, the New England Coalition filed a complaint with the Vermont Supreme Court asking for an injunction to force the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to cease operations until the Public Service Board rules on a Certificate of Public Good - the state’s operating license. On Monday, the Vermont Department of Public Service asked the Court to deny that petition.
Northeast Kingdom residents near a newly constructed wind-power project on Lowell Mountain have complained to the state about an extremely loud and continuous noise that occurred throughout the weekend.
The noise started early Saturday morning and continued through the weekend until late Sunday afternoon. Some residents of the Albany, Vermont area say turbines from the Lowell Mountain project sounded like jet engines or a tornado that would not stop. Don Nelson says he heard it as soon as he got up at 5:30 Saturday morning.