144 posts categorized "Vermont"

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...

April 01, 2011

Post Stimulus, States Are Where the Action Is

Unlike the Federal government, states can't print money. All states except Vermont are required by their constitutions to have balanced budgets (not counting pension obligations); and Vermont, justifiably proud of its triple A bond-rating, keeps its budget balanced as well (not counting pension o More...

March 15, 2011

Lower and Extend the Sales Tax, Include Internet Sales

"Hands off the Internet," I used to say when the WorldWideWeb was a fledgling competing for a share of untaxed mail order sales and I was chair of the policy committee of the Voice on the Net Coalition. Well, the strategy worked; the fledgling grew up; it's time that brick and morta More...

March 03, 2011

FairPoint and Vermont (and the other Carriers)

Yesterday I wrote a response to FairPoint Vermont President Mike Smith's interview on WCAX's You Can Quote Me. In More...

February 28, 2011

FairPoint or Vermont?

Unfortunately FairPoint, the successor to Verizon for landlines in Northern New England, wants Vermont to choose between protecting a badly flawed FairPoint business plan or improving the economic future of Vermont's rural areas. The choice is stark: use the federal "middle mile" stimulus grant a More...

February 09, 2011

Concept 2 – A Vermont Business Success Story

It all started with the Olympic rowing trials. Recent engineering graduates Dick and Peter Dreissigacker were looking for an edge and designed a better oar, one in which carbon fiber replaced some More...

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