VELCO Wants Condemnation Order To Build Mountaintop Tower

The company that operates Vermont’s electric grid wants to use a mountaintop in Rutland County as part of a statewide communications network. Landowners, however, are resisting the plan, so the Vermont Electric Power Company now wants a condemnation order that would allow it to build the project over their objection.  

Couple Battles VELCO’s Plans For Tower On Mountaintop

A remote mountaintop in southwest Vermont is the center of a fight between a pair of immigrant artists and Vermont’s electric transmission utility. The Vermont Electric Power Company wants to build an 80-foot radio tower on the site as part of a statewide communications network. But the artists say that the tower will ruin their plans for an art school on the property.

Southern Loop decision expected soon

The Southern Loop/Coolidge Connector would run 51 miles, parallel to an existing transmission line between Vernon and Cavendish. The $300 million project is supported by Central Vermont Public Service and by VELCO, the company that owns and maintains Vermont’s electric transmission lines.

Morning Newscast: August 5, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Volunteers conducting water quality tests around Vermont are finding high levels of bacteria in several streams.  Soaring gas prices and rainy weather appear to be taking a bite out tourism in Northern New England. Vermont State Police say a utility substation in Charlotte has been hit by burglars looking for copper wire for the third time since May 27…

PSB: Former official can’t participate in case

A former senior official with the Public Service Board has been barred from appearing before that panel on behalf of her new employer, a power transmission company. In its decision the board cited an ethics policy designed to prevent conflicts of interest.