Friday, August 27, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, August 27, 2010

Vt. utility regulator approves "smart grid" plan |
The Vermont Public Service Board has approved a $68 million plan by the state's largest electric utility for a smart grid program that can help save electricity and money.

The board, which regulates utilities in Vermont, says the plan by the Central Vermont Public Service Corp. will include automated metering, two-way communications systems and other strategies, such as reducing electric demand during peak usage times.

CVPS's collaboration with other utilities will help bring in more than $68 million to the state to pay for the programs.
Vermont to get $5.7 million for smart meters | WCAX.COM
The state of Vermont is getting $5.7 million in federal aid to help homeowners use smart meters and install new solar hot water technologies.

Smart meters are digital electricity meters that use real-time communication to help utilities be more efficient dealing with outages and demand.

Vermont's congressional delegation announced Thursday that the nonprofit Vermont Energy Investment Corp., which operates Efficiency Vermont, will administer a $700,000 project to complement smart grid technology to install energy use monitors for 750 low-income households.
Burke Mountain receives findings for Act 250 Master Plan application | Vermont Business Magazine
Burke Mountain Ski Area received partial findings yesterday for their Act 250 Master Plan application, a detailed roadmap for future development at the resort. The findings are a culmination of several years of studies, assessments, and designs completed by Burke Mountain beginning in late 2005 which provide the State with an overview of the project and compliance with the environmental standards of the State of Vermont. The proposed project includes the development of up to; 1000 residential units, commercial space, 155 acres of additional ski terrain, 3 new ski lifts, snowmaking improvements, additional summer recreation facilities, and expanded infrastructure to support the project.
Tax credits parceled out to Vermont solar projects | The Burlington Free Press
The state offered $7.5 million in solar tax credits to 68 projects this week from a list of 208 applicants that sought $28.9 million in credits.

The tax credits — for 30 percent of the project’s cost — will allow 3.8 megawatts of solar power to be built in Vermont, said Andrew Perchlik, manager of the state’s Clean Energy Development Fund, which will pay the equivalent of the tax credits back into state coffers.
NH town will use solar to help power 3 buildings | WCAX.COM
Three municipal buildings in the New Hampshire town of Canterbury are going to be getting half their electricity from the sun.

The Concord Monitor says the town broke ground earlier this month on a federally funded project to install solar panels for the library, town offices and municipal building.

The $241,000 project is expected to save the town about $8,000 in electricity costs the first year.