Monday, September 13, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, September 13, 2010

CVPS reaches deal to purchase wind power | Times Argus Online
Central Vermont Public Service announced Thursday it reached an agreement to buy two-thirds of the electricity generated by the proposed Deerfield Wind project in Readsboro and Searsburg. The project is expected to begin operating in 2012. Under the agreement, CVPS will buy 20 megawatts at an undisclosed price for nine years as part of CVPS’ efforts to add renewable energy to its portfolio. (Disclosure: SDRS represents Deerfield Wind)
Scientists may have drugs to fight white nose syndrome | WCAX.COM
Scientists are coming to bat for the nation's bat population, which is in danger of being wiped out by a mysterious disease.

White nose syndrome has devastated bat populations across the country. The disease, first found in New York four years ago, has now killed over 1 million bats.

At a meeting in Massachusetts, scientists say tests show several drugs can fight the germ that causes white nose and can be used to decontaminate the areas where bats live, as well as the shoes and hands of people who visit them.
Vermont environmentalist meeting with president over solar panel use in White House | The Burlington Free Press
Vermont environmentalist Bill McKibben has a show-and-tell planned for President Barack Obama today, using a solar panel that once sat atop the White House.

McKibben, a Middlebury College scholar-in-residence, wants to talk Obama into reinstalling solar panels on the White House roof.

He spoke to The Burlington Free Press on Thursday as he drove to the nation's capital with several students and the solar panel, one of 32 installed at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. The Reagan administration removed the panels in 1986. They sat in a government warehouse until they were installed on the roof of the cafeteria at Unity College in Maine.
Vermont Law School | VLS Study: Widely Misunderstood in U.S., the French "Nuclear Miracle" is Plagued by Fast-Rising Reactor Costs and "Crowding Out" of Renewables
The so-called "French nuclear miracle" embraced by some U.S. policymakers as a model for this nation is a misconception masking a pattern of fast-rising nuclear reactor construction costs and a "crowding out" of investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar and hydro-electric power, according to a new study by Vermont Law School's Institute for Energy and the Environment.