Offshore wind energy is making progress in New England

Region begins moving away from fossil-fuels in favor of clean power The New England region of the United States, which is comprised of six states, is leading the way in renewable energy adoption. The region has been moving away from fossil-fuels quite aggressively.  In 2014, two states in the region, Rhode Island and Vermont, used very little coal to generate electricity. Now, Rhode Island is set to play host to one of the country’s first offshore wind energy systems, called the Block Island Wind Farm. Block Island Wind Farm could…

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Vermont seeks to ban industrial wind energy projects

Legislation would ban the development of new industrial wind projects throughout the state Lawmakers in Vermont have plans to ban any industrial wind energy projects from taking form in the state in the future. New legislation has been introduced to accomplish this and the legislation has gained significant support from state officials. If successfully passed into law, the legislation would ban any wind energy project with a capacity of 500 kilowatts or more from taking form. Smaller projects would still be allowed in the state, however. Large wind projects may…

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Wind energy is losing ground in Vermont

State begins showing more favor for solar energy Wind energy is losing steam in Vermont. In the past, wind energy had dominated much of the discussion concerning clean power in the state, with Vermont supporting various wind projects. Recently, however, solar energy has taken the limelight in the state, with the majority of new energy capacity being installed in Vermont in 2014 coming from the solar sector. In 2014, Vermont’s solar energy capacity doubled, according to information from the Solar Energy Industries Association. Wind energy is facing significant challenges There…

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Solar energy capacity is growing in Vermont

Report shows that Vermont’s solar capacity is growing quickly Vermont has made promising progress in bolstering its solar energy capacity, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association. The report highlights the growth of solar capacity throughout the United States, but notes that Vermont has become a very promising market for solar energy developers. The U.S. solar market is showing healthy signs of growth as more states move to embrace clean energy for economic and environmental reasons. State installed 38 MW of solar energy capacity last year,…

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Universities divest in fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

Universities are beginning to withdraw support of coal and oil Universities in the United States and Sweden are beginning to divest in fossil-fuels. Several of these organizations have been announcing their divestment strategies over the past few weeks, showing more favor for renewable energy, as clean power could be a more economic and efficient way to obtain electrical energy. Earlier in the week, Oxford University’s General Purposes Committee met to discuss the matter of divesting from fossil-fuels. The university has nearly $4 billion in investments into the fossil-fuel space. Oxford…

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Solar landfill turns unusable land into green energy

A 2 megawatt photovoltaic plant in Rutland Vermant is being constructed on a 9.5 acre closed landfill. Although some Rutland residents have been opposed to plans for building large photovoltaic (PV) systems in the region, as the concern is the large, ground-mount solar arrays will blemish Vermont’s pastoral landscape, Green Mountain Power’s 2 megawatt (MW) PV plant has been welcomed because it will be built on a closed landfill, effectively making it a solar landfill. Many cities and towns across the US are building solar farms on unusable land. The…

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Burlington, Vermont, reaches renewable energy milestone

Burlington receives 100% of its electricity from renewable sources Burlington, Vermont, has reached a major milestone in terms of energy. The city is receiving the entirety of its electrical power from renewable sources, such as wind and biomass. While Burlington is not the first city to accomplish this goal, this feat is notable because it is not a small township. Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, with a population of more than 42,000. While it may not rival cities like Los Angeles in terms of population, it has managed…

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Renewables power 100 percent of Vermont city

The city of Burlington produces all of its electricity from renewable sources. Biomass, wind and water are three of the renewables from which Vermont’s largest city generates its electricity and it reached this achievement this month after Burlington Electric Department purchased the 7.4 MW (megawatt) Winooski 1 hydroelectric project. Vermont seeks to achieve a statewide renewable energy goal. Burlington was not the first to accomplish this goal in the state. Washington Electric Co-operative reached this target earlier this year and services approximately 11,000 customers throughout central and northern Vermont. The…

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RGGI caps to tighten in six of the nine of the states participating in the initiative

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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a U.S. regulatory plan to reduce carbon emissions, has been met with a degree of success. The nine states that are currently participating in the initiative have successfully lowered emissions by enforcing stringent caps on greenhouse gases. Now, six of the nine participating states have announced that they will be working to eliminate 72% of the carbon allowances they currently hold. These allowances are often sold to companies that produce a significant amount of greenhouse gases, allowing them to avoid running into regulatory action…

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