Friday, April 9, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, April 9, 2010

Lawmakers push for Yankee license renewal -
Four Vermont senators say their colleagues in Montpelier should take into consideration a report that says relicensing Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is the smartest course for the state, from an economic standpoint.
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Announces $125,000 Grant for Algae-to-Biodiesel Projects
The new VSJF RFP is for the research and development of microalgae as a biofuel feedstock. The VSJF is seeking proposals that will lead to the development of improved methods and practices for the cultivation, harvest, and/or processing of microalgae as a biofuel feedstock. Projects must be capable of conducting applied or laboratory-based research, which shall be identified in the applicant’s proposal. Grant funds may not be used to purchase high-end analytical equipment. These funds have a 20% matching requirement.

Your can apply here
VPR Commentary Series: Slayton: Berlin Pond
There's a court fight going on over the use of Berlin Pond, which is the City of Montpelier's water supply. Commentator Tom Slayton has some thoughts on the subject.
US climate bill weak for N.E., critics say - The Boston Globe
Climate and energy legislation being crafted in Washington could dismantle a landmark program to curb greenhouse gases in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and replace it with a less flexible and weaker federal plan, according to New England officials. Groups of state environmental chiefs, attorneys general, and US senators wrote the drafters of the federal bill in recent weeks, expressing concern that it could undo gains made under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10-state pact that puts a price on carbon emissions from power plants and devotes a majority of the proceeds to improving energy efficiency.