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Vermont Regulators Approve Transmission Line Plan

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Vermont Regulators Approve Transmission Plan

Plans for a 1,000-megawatt transmission line to be built between the Canadian border and Ludlow, Vt., moved forward last month when Vermont’s Public Service Board approved TDI New England’s proposal to build a 154-mile underwater and underground line through the state.

Called the "Clean Power Link" by its developer, the project is aimed at delivering renewable energy from Canada to New England’s power grid. The $1.2 billion project is planned to run under Lake Champlain and then underground along public rights of way from Benson to Ludlow.

The project has won support from environmentalists and other interest groups, with TDI’s efforts to reach out to stakeholders described by one Vermont regulator as "a textbook case of how to do this right."

The project still requires final federal permitting, but the current project timeline calls for construction to commence in 2016, with commercial operation in 2019.

Two Vermont Municipals Gain Local Approval for Solar Projects

Voters in the Vermont communities of Stowe and Hyde Park have each approved community-based solar projects proposed by their local utilities. Among other benefits, the projects address the state’s new standards for renewable energy. See the Vermont Public Radio story.

Bilda Praised for ‘Bailing the City Out’

Norwich, Conn., Public Utilities General Manager John Bilda returned to NPU full-time on Feb. 1 after also serving as Acting City Manager for nearly a year.

"There was a lot that I learned about municipal government, and it’s only going to make me a better leader," Bilda said in a recent interview about his successful dual role. "I’ve had an opportunity to really connect the Norwich utilities with the city government over here, so that’s not only in the best interest of NPU, but the entire City." See the entire news story at

Wakefield, Mass., Utility Supports Local Charity

Wakefield (Massachusetts) Municipal Gas & Light Department is once again partnering with Mission of Deeds, a local charity, to collect bedding for the needy this winter. The utility has been an active supporter of the annual effort since 2004. "WMGLD customers and staff have been extremely generous in their donations," said the charity’s spokesperson. "We are grateful to everyone for their support."
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