Hydro Advocates Tout Bill That Expedites Permitting

Some advocates would like to see Vermont towns go back to the renewable energy future by relying more heavily on hydroelectricity. They say a bill to simplify the permit process that’s pending on Governor Peter Shumlin’s desk would make that more likely, but skeptics say hydro is still too inefficient and expensive.

State Approves West River Hydro Projects

Proposals to make hydro-electric power at the West River dams in Townshend and Jamaica have been approved by the state. But now time is running out for incentive programs that supporters say the project needs to succeed. So developers and others want the federal hydro-licensing agency to pick up its pace.

CVPS Buys Local Hydro Producer

The state’s largest electric utility is buying one of Vermont’s smallest. Central Vermont Public Service has agreed to buy the assets of the Vermont Marble Power Division of Omya.  

Rockingham Seeks New Talks With Dam Owner

The Rockingham Selectboard wants to re-open negotiations with the owner of the Bellows Falls dam and hydroelectric station over payments the company will make to the town beyond their taxes.