Under the agreement presented to the Public Utility Commission Wednesday, the semiconductor manufacturer would submit to Vermont environmental laws. The commission still has the final say.
The fact that most of the world’s energy is produced and has been produced by fossil fuels is no more predictive of the future than the fact that, prior to 1700, none of it came from these sources. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.
If Vermont wants to provide the most affordable electricity, then it needs to enable citizens to use the least expensive sources of energy: renewable wind and solar, combined with local energy storage.
The groundbreaking piece of climate legislation has been both heralded and criticized by environmentalists, climate advocates and conservatives.
According to the department, net metering is one of the most expensive ways to meet Vermont’s emissions reduction requirements. Environmental and industry groups say now is not the time to reduce incentives to switch to solar.
The semiconductor manufacturer, which has a plant in Essex Junction, says it will comply with the state’s renewable energy standard. Environmentalists say it should comply with all of the standard utility regulations.
Vermonters need a state government that truly leads the fight to stop climate change by removing barriers to electricity from clean, safe, reliable and affordable in-state renewables like solar and wind power.
We see GlobalFoundries’ application for what it is: the opportunity to both support a key employer that is critical to Vermont in helping us meet and exceed greenhouse gas emission reductions and because it is a leader and is willing to move faster than what has been prescribed at the state level.
As legislators, we must commit to crafting policies that reflect and, if necessary, strengthen those Climate Council recommendations and take the bold actions this crisis demands.
Tensions surrounding renewable energy projects are likely to continue as the Vermont Climate Council races to find ways to drastically reduce Vermont’s carbon emissions.
The Public Utility Commission and the Agency of Natural Resources seem hostile to community solar. They throw up objections and obstructions. So much so, they have driven almost all community solar business opportunities out of Vermont.
The telecommunications company wants to erect a 184-foot-tall cellphone tower by the mountain trail as part of its FirstNet buildout in Vermont.
The findings come as the Vermont Public Utility Commission considers whether to change the net metering program that pays higher rates for clear energy.
The Public Utility Commission fined the Coolidge Solar project, operated by the Florida-based energy company NextEra, $57,500 for violating its operating certificate.