Energy forum set for Bennington on March 21By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | March 14,2013BENNINGTON — The Bennington County Regional Commission is hosting a public forum on Thursday in Bennington to discuss the possibilities for different energy sources in Southern Vermont including wind, solar and hydro-electric.
The forum, for which there is no cost, will include presentations by William Scully, of Carbon Zero, who developed a hydro-electric project in Bennington, and John Guerin, from EOS Ventures, a company that developed a solar project in Pownal. Also making presentations will be Tom Evslin, co-founder of NG Advantage, a Milton company that delivers natural gas, and Adam Sherman from the Biomass Energy Resource Center in Montpelier.
James Sullivan, executive director of the Bennington County Regional Commission, or BCRC, said the forum will look at some emerging energy sources for Bennington County, some of them already in use and others with increasing potential.
“There’s certainly been a lot of interest in (energy). Our regional energy plan (for the BCRC) suggests that looking down the road, 20, 30 years in the future that almost inevitably we’re going to have to rely to a greater extent on local resources and local generation for energy,” Sullivan said.
Some recent developments have increased the interest in some of the energy sources to be discussed at the forum.
For instance, Scully’s hydro-electric generation project, located at the former Vermont Tissue mill is very close to getting its final permits while the solar project in Pownal, which is owned by Gestamp Renewables and located at the Southern Vermont Energy Park, is online and another solar project is expected soon near the Bennington transfer station. Biomass heating projects are already in use at Bennington College and Mount Anthony Union middle and high schools.
Sullivan said NG Advantage is not delivering natural gas to Bennington County yet but considering proposals that would extend their deliveries to this area.
Sullivan said he thought it would be useful that some of the presenters will have local experience.
While the forum will look at what’s available in the area and the potential they represent for future energy needs, Sullivan said he also expects it will spark some general conversation and interest in energy from renewable or alternative sources.
For the complete story, see Friday's Rutland Herald.
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Teddy Roosevelt makes Americans believe the poor, peace-loving, misunderstood piranha is a vicious, dangerous animal.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears on this day in 1975, on this day in 2003, the last Volkswagen Type I, the Beetle, rolls off the assembly line in Mexico, Ambrose Bierce on the classifications of homicide.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Seals have figured out fish they like to eat gather in schools around turbines in offshore wind farms. But the environment is not without hazards, maintenance vessels and noise pollution.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Yankee announces final day of nuclear power generation in Vermont, storm brings floods back to Chester, Castleton town manager to resign office, chronic offender sentenced to 25 years for sexual assault.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits: Archaeologists find a leather shoe in a cave in Armenia that predates the Pyramids by more than a thousand years.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1932, President Hoover orders the Army to evict bonus marchers from Anacostia Flats; author Malcolm Lowry born this day, as is Jackie Kennedy and Mike Bloomfield; Stephen Crane on consuming one's own heart.