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5 arrested at Vermont natural gas pipeline protest

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WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Five people have been arrested following a protest against a natural gas pipeline in Vermont. Dozens gathered in Williston early Monday morning at the work site. The protest was organized by the group Rising Tide Vermont. Police say one woman attached herself to construction equipment, was freed by rescue crews and arrested. Another man attached himself ...

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Maple sugar producers offered rebates for energy efficiency

Maple sugar producers offered rebates for energy efficiency

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s energy efficiency utility is offering rebates to maple sugar makers to help them make their operations more energy efficient. Efficiency Vermont says most Vermont sugar makers use oil or wood-fired evaporators to boil their sap. But it says reverse osmosis systems can remove more than 75 percent of the water from sap before boiling, reducing ...

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On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems

MONTPELIER, Vt. — When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was “in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources.” But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada. The aging ...

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At least six U.S. states expect to miss revenue targets

WASHINGTON – Most U.S. states expect to hit their revenue targets this fiscal year, but at least six states say they could fall short, the National Conference of State Legislatures said on Wednesday. All states except Vermont must end their fiscal years with balanced budgets, and so states that bring in less money than expected could have to cut spending, ...

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U.S. states rich in oil see greatest revenue volatility

WASHINGTON, Jan 8 – The treasuries of U.S. states with large energy sectors are swinging wildly from full to empty as oil prices take unexpected turns, a new report released on Thursday by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows. States that rely the most on severance taxes have the highest revenue volatility, led by Alaska, where oil extraction levies provided 78.3 ...

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Vermont’s sole nuclear power plant ends operations

FILE - In this June 19, 2013 file photo, the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station sits along the banks of the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vt. Its owner, Entergy Corp., said it is closing the plant for economic reasons, and is expected to be disconnect from the regional power grid. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s only nuclear plant stopped sending power to the New England grid Monday following more than 42 years of producing electricity. The shutdown came just after noon as the Vermont Yankee plant completed its 30th operating cycle when workers inserted control rods into the reactor core and stopped the nuclear reaction process, the plant’s owner said. In ...

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New England States Committee on Energy criticized over lack of transparency

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Luther Turmelle | New Haven Register A group created last December by governors in the six New England states to plan for the future expansion of energy infrastructure in the region is now being criticized for not being transparent in its operations. The Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation has filed appeals with officials in Vermont and Massachusetts claiming the group the ...

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[TEXAS VIEW]: Radioactive West Texas

Associated Press | Appeared in The Odessa American The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission as a depository for very limited quantities of low-level radioactive items from Texas and Vermont. Today, the site is taking on much greater quantities and higher levels of radioactive waste from ...

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