139 posts categorized "Vermont"

November 12, 2011

The Economics of Lowell Mountain Wind: The Video

This is the video from an interview I did on WCAX 6PM news last night. Darren Perron did a good job with his questions. As always on TV, there wasn't enough time to say everything I'd have like to have said. So two additional po More...

September 21, 2011

Don’t Like Smart Meters; Opt Out at Your Own Expense

If you stand nine feet from a smart meter for twenty-four hours/day for a year and a half, you'll get about the same dose of radiation that you get during a ten minute cellphone call when you're holding the phone to your ear. (math below).

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September 13, 2011

Irene Lesson #3: Critical Data Belongs in the Cloud, Not Under It

"As flood waters from Tropical Storm Irene swamped the Waterbury state office complex, seven employees from the Vermont Agency of Human Services rushed inside to rescue computer servers that are critical for processing welfare checks and keeping track of paroled prisoners living around the s More...

September 12, 2011

Irene Lesson #2: Nothing in America is Shovel Ready – Until It Has to Be

"There's no such thing as shovel-ready projects," President Obama told the New York Times last year, reflecting on why the Stimulus Act didn' More...

September 08, 2011

Shumlin Appointment of Lunderville as Irene Czar Great non-Partisan Decision

WCAX just ran a story saying that they have learned that Vermont' Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin will appoint Neale Lunderville to head up Vermont's recovery from Irene. Neale previously More...

August 29, 2011

Irene Lesson # 1 – Smart Grid Great for Power Restoration

At 1:36PM yesterday the lights went out for 1103 members of Vermont Electric Coop (VEC) in South Hero, including us at our summer place on the Lake. No surprise; tropical storm Irene was raging up Vermont. No need to call VEC in a panic, though; I could see immediately from More...

August 15, 2011

Energy for Jobs – Vermont Version

Program: Energy for jobs

Idea: We can make Vermont attractive to manufacturing with a combination of our great workforce and energy which is cheap (and clean) by East Coast standards. Manufacturing provides jobs for all skill levels and is an engine for economic growth in general. Low cost More...

August 01, 2011

How to Increase Your Electric Bill to $630 per Month

The opening of Vermont's largest solar farm last week demonstrates conclusively what a terrible bargain solar photovoltaic electricity at the current state of the industry is for Vermont. If we paid as much for all of our electricity as we pay for the electricity we get from the Chittenden Co More...

July 24, 2011

Thank You, Duncan Brown

"It was a cold wet night on the North Atlantic," Duncan Brown told Mary and me; "I was a gunnery officer on a destroyer escorting a convoy through U-Boat hunting grounds. I had a night watch; the rain dripped down the back of my slicker; the coffee was awful; and I wondered whether More...

June 22, 2011

Getting Less Than We Paid for from Efficiency Vermont

"It's good to get more than you pay for" (or something close to that) is the lead of a radio ad from Efficiency Vermont (EV) promoting the purchase of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). We are urged to rush out and buy these bulb More...

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