Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vermont Environmental News, January 18, 2010

Hearings set on Vermont wind project | Boston.com
Public hearings are set this week and next over plans for a mountaintop wind project in Readsboro and Searsburg.

The first is Thursday, at the Howe Center in Rutland. The second is Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Readsboro Central School. Both start at 6 p.m.

The Green Mountain National Forest is seeking public input as part of its deliberations to decide whether to approve plans by Deerfield Wind to build and operate a 17-turbine, 34 megawatt commercial wind energy facility on up to 80 acres of national forest land just north of the Massachusetts border. (Disclosure: SDRS Represents Deerfield Wind)
CVPS tests new Toyota electric car | WCAX.COM
Toyota is testing 116 cars in its new fleet of electric hybrid vehicles in different environments across the country -- and one of the vehicles has landed in Vermont.

"We applied to Toyota for a test car CVPS to use in real world situations," explained Phil Alderman, of Alderman Toyota.

The plug-in Prius arrived at Central Vermont Public Service at the start of the year.

"We are going to have it for about a month during the height of the winter period through February," said Steve Costello, CVPS.
Report details Vt. toxic sites | WCAX.COM
A new study by the Toxics Action Center pinpoints toxic threats across Vermont.

According to the new report, the state is threatened by a wide range of toxic sites that could endanger the health and safety of Vermonters. "Our state is threatened by a number of toxic sites. Currently in Vermont there are 1,421 hazardous waste sites," said the Center's Brendan Gallagher.

The report also highlights 477 hazardous waste generators and 215 illegally operating salvage yards as some of the possible polluters. But the Toxics Action Center admits some of these sites may never end up hurting the environment at all.
Stowe invests in more efficient snow-making equipment | The Burlington Free Press
“Over 60 percent of a mountain’s annual energy consumption can happen in 800 hours just from snowmaking,” says Michael Leonard, a key account manager with Efficiency Vermont who works with Stowe. “There are 8,760 hours in the year.”

For the snowmaking operation at Stowe, Reeves figures he spends about $1 million per year on electricity and fuel to run his diesel and electric air compressors; about $750,000 per year for labor; and about $300,000 per year for upkeep and maintenance on equipment; for a total annual cost of just over $2 million.
Vermont Today | Beaver Wood Energy
Beaver Wood Energy made its case to the state this week on why the company believes each of its requests, to build wood-fueled electricity-generation plants and related wood pellet factories in Pownal and Fair Haven, should be heard as a single application and not divided in two pieces each.

Beaver Wood has proposed the construction of two facilities, one in Pownal and the other in Fair Haven. Each is expected to cost $250 million to build.

Applications for a Section 248 permit, also called a certificate of public good, have been filed with the Public Service Board. In Vermont, power generation projects are issued permits by the state and don’t have to go through the municipal planning process.