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Re: “House Panel Balks At Rising Efficiency Vermont Fee

Walt, I live off-grid so can assure you that LEDs are a huge savings over incandescents and CFLs. I can turn things on and off and immediately see the reading on the meter. When I used incandescents, I would have very few lights on, mostly 25 watt, sometimes 40 watts, rarely 60 watts. Electric lighting is a big drain on the system. Got LED lights which use 3, 4 or 5 watts, and now I can have numerous lights on if I want to and there is barely a blip in the meter reading.

Hope that helps to isolate why your bill is high. Sounds like it's more about BED's billing. What most people who are grid tied don't seem to do is turn things off, especially at night or when you're not using them. How many printers and computers are left on all the time? And TV sets and TIVOs and the unit that serves the computer or TV all have phantom loads so even if you turn them "off" they still draw power. Keep them on a power strip and turn the power off entirely.

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Posted by VermontCE on 02/26/2015 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Power to the People: Envisioning Rutland as 'Energy City of the Future'

This is the second solar story Seven Days has published that glosses over the problems Vermonters are experiencing with solar development, and there are plenty of problems in the Rutland area.This is a video compilation of public comment at PSB public hearings in Rutland Town, Rutland City and Sudbury.

At a Rutland Regional Planning Commission meeting last year, when asked if GMP could at least encourage solar developers to come to planning commissions early in their site selection, the GMP person's response was that they only have control of what GMP is doing in Rutland City, and elsewhere he called it "the wild west." And indeed it is. One developer wants to clear-cut a 40 acre parcel east of the Diamond Run Mall, one of the largest forested tracts in Rutland. There are plenty of stories should anyone wish to do something other than rah rah everything is wonderful. Because it ain't so wonderful for some neighborhoods.

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Posted by VermontCE on 01/07/2015 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Media Note: Seven Days Hires Hallenbeck, Remsen

Good catch! Looking forward to seeing Terri and Nancy's excellent reporting in Seven Days.

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Posted by VermontCE on 11/26/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Close Call: Seven Reasons Shumlin Nearly Lost

On the wind issue, I was curious about Lowell and Albany and that caused me to keep looking. Governor Shumlin did not win a single town that hosts a wind turbine or has wind turbines in their view. He did not win most of the towns that have been threatened by wind energy. Out of 48 towns threatened or hosting wind turbines, only 6 voted for him. The results (prior to the complete results being posted but that didn't change) are posted here

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Posted by VermontCE on 11/14/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Here Comes the Sun: Solar is Hot in Chilly Vermont

This video… is a compilation of public comments made at PSB hearings in Rutland Town, Rutland City and Sudbury. The speakers are saying what is being repeated throughout Vermont, where large solar projects are being sited without good planning or community involvement. Yes, the solar developers are literally having a field day. The communities are begging to be a part of the process.

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Posted by VermontCE on 11/12/2014 at 3:39 PM
Posted by VermontCE on 10/16/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “McKibben Calls Shumlin's Divestment Dance 'Sad,' Slippery

In the podcast linked above, David Goodman asked Gov. Shumlin about renewables and he listed solar, wind, and natural gas. Pretty clever slipping a fossil fuel that Gov. Shumlin supports in with renewables. A less slippery politician might have stopped him and said, "no, natural gas is not renewable."

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Posted by VermontCE on 09/29/2014 at 2:01 PM

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