Vermont utilities are encountering some resistance as they
roll out new wireless smart meters. Officials say about 5 percent
of consumers have so far chosen not to have the devices installed. But
officials expect that "opt out" rate to drop as the technology is deployed
around the state.
Vermont’s two largest electric utilities have
sued Entergy-Vermont Yankee over cooling tower failures at the nuclear power
plant more than four years ago. The utilities say Yankee failed to follow
standard utility practice to inspect and maintain the tower.
Three Vermont utilities have finalized an agreement to install
"smart grid" electric technology and to expand broadband computer service. Green
Mountain Power, Central Vermont Public Service and Vermont Telephone will work
Green Mountain Power and Gaz Metro’s
surprise offer to purchase Central Vermont Public Service is generating a lot of buzz — in particular, GMP’s proposal to create a public trust with joint
shares of Velco.
Vermont’s two largest utilities have won approval to buy
power from a wind project in northern New Hampshire. They’ve been under pressure to line up new power sources as
contracts expire – including those with Vermont Yankee.
The southern Vermont town of Readsboro is getting ready to
sell its electric company. Readsboro Electric is
one of about 17 municipally-run power companies in the state. That number could
shrink as the cost – and complexity – of doing business keeps escalating.