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Scott appoints new PSB chair

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed attorney Anthony Roisman to serve as the next chairman of the three-member Public Service Board, a quasi-judicial regulatory board that regulates Vermont utilities and oversees the siting of energy infrastructure across the state. Roisman, who has a private law practice, will succeed outgoing PSB Chairman James Volz, who was first appointed by former Republican Gov. James Douglas in 2005 and reappointed by former Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2011. Roisman will assume the chairmanship on June 12. “I think this is a unique opportunity because of a combination of factors — the quality of the other two commissioners, the staff of the public service board, which is just an outstanding group of people, the citizens … and of course, all the utilities, who are, in my experience in dealing with utilities, are a very special group of companies who are trying to do the right thing for Vermont,” Roisman said in a telephone interview Thursday. “That combination makes for just a tremendous opportunity to do good and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

According to the governor’s office, Roisman has worked as a consultant for attorneys on environmental litigation, public participation before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and state regulatory agencies and on the admissibility of expert testimony in litigation. Continue Reading →

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Dubie emerges with wind concerns

MONTPELIER — Former Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, who was a strong proponent of wind power during his government service, is now speaking out on behalf of residents who are concerned about the noise generated by turbines in Sheffield and at proposed sites in the future. Dubie, who served from 2003 to 2011 and lost a close gubernatorial election to Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2010, still supports wind power as an alternative energy source for Vermont. The commercial airline pilot said he’s not looking to re-enter Vermont’s political scene. But he is choosing to speak out now on behalf of his neighbors in Franklin County that could soon be impacted by turbine noise. Additionally, there is a proposed wind project in Swanton — just under a mile from Dubie’s home — that would generate up to 20 megawatts of power from as many as seven wind turbines that are 500 feet tall. Continue Reading →

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Shumlin: Reject proposed large-scale solar projects

MONTPELIER — A group of large-scale solar projects proposed in Vermont should be rejected because they are simply too big for the state and for the communities that would host them, according to Gov. Peter Shumlin. Shumlin has been a forceful proponent of renewable energy, and solar energy in particular, during his three terms in office. He touts his administration’s renewable energy record by boasting of boosting by tenfold the number of solar panels in Vermont since he took office in January 2011. And there are now about 16,000 jobs in the state associated with the renewable energy sector. But a recent proposal by Ranger Solar LLC to construct 20 megawatt solar arrays in Ludlow, Pittsford, Highgate, Randolph Center, Irasburg and Sheldon is going too far, he said. Continue Reading →

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