Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, October 26, 2010

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation gives Vermont $350,000 for energy efficiency and housing | Vermont Business Magazine
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, in partnership with Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and Champlain Housing Trust, has received a $350,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The two-year grant will be used to demonstrate how deep energy efficiency retrofits in single- and multi-family residences can make housing permanently and comprehensively affordable by reducing energy usage and costs. In addition to establishing energy usage as a significant component of housing affordability, the project will also show how various sources of government funding might be harnessed to finance energy efficiency retrofits. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents CHT)
Renewable Energy Revitalized By New Project | WPTZ Plattsburgh
A local business kicked off a project Monday that it thinks could revolutionize renewable energy while helping to feed those in need. Brattleboro will soon have a self-sustaining greenhouse and aquaculture facility. Its generator is powered by the gas from the landfill where Carbon Harvest is building the facility. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Carbon Harvest)
Officials show locals Burlington biomass site | Bennington Banner
While 25 people from Pownal signed up to take a bus trip to the McNeil Station, a 55-megawatt biomass power plant located at the north end of Burlington, only about a dozen attended.

The trip was organized by Beaver Wood Energy, LLC, a Maine developer that wishes to construct two 29.5-megawatt biomass and integrated wood pellet manufacturing facilities in Pownal and Fair Haven. The trip was intended to give residents an idea of what a biomass plant looks like and how one functions.