Five Hydroelectric Dams On Conn. River Up For Relicensing

It’s not often that members of the public are invited inside a large hydroelectric facility. But that’s what’s happening this fall at five big dams on the Connecticut River. It’s all part of a process of environmental reviews and meetings to help federal regulators decide whether to renew licenses for the dams.

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.

Midday Newscast February 27, 2009

Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed expanding community health centers as a step toward national health care reform; during town meeting next week, one central Vermont town will vote whether to reopen a small hydroelectric dam;

Midday Newscast April 30, 2008

Federal regulators say the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant is not allowed to use funds set aside for decommissioning to pay for storing its spent fuel; a Vermont civil rights panel will focus in the next two years on immigration and possible racial profiling; more…