Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, June 15, 2010

Burlington city councilor: Bike path a priority | The Burlington Free Press | Burlington, Vermont
A Burlington city councilor hopes improvements to the waterfront bike path — and possible extension of the path all the way to Canada — will bring more visitors to the city.

The City Council agreed this month to have representatives from the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments look closely at the 7.6-mile path and produce a prioritized list of repairs, with costs. The representatives will report their findings to the council June 28.
$4.5 million for home efficiency: Times Argus Online
A Vermont nonprofit group is hoping $4.5 million in federal stimulus money can make hundreds of homes more energy efficient.

The group NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is hoping the Rutland County area will lead the state in energy efficiency. The the group will use the funds to enhance a state incentive program.
WFC Grades North American FIT Programs | Energy Saving Weekly Tips
Thе World Future Council hаѕ issued a report grading North American feed-іn tariffs fοr renewable energy. OnƖу Ontario аnԁ Vermont mаkе a passing grade. AƖƖ οthеr programs іn thе U.S. аnԁ Canada failed tο pass.

Thе report, Grading North American Feed-іn Tariffs bу renewable energy industry analyst Paul Gipe, compares North American programs tο successful policies іn Europe.
New Haven tract on Route 7 eyed for major solar farm | Addison County Independent
A team of Winooski-based engineers is proposing to build one of the state’s largest solar farms on a 40-acre portion of a 180-acre parcel on the west side of Route 7, across from the Hill Top RV Center in New Haven.

The proposed project, on land owned by Albert and Gail Freyer, would feature 178 ground-mounted solar trackers with photovoltaic panels capable of harvesting enough energy to power 500 homes annually. It would also include an organic farm operation calling for sheep and goats to graze near the high-tech equipment.