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Safe & Green Campaign – updates

Dear Friends of the Safe & Green Campaign,

Vermont Yankee is back in the news. According to an Entergy press release, Yankee began POWERING DOWN this week!!! By one or two percent at a time, it will “coasting down” until the end of December to use up all the fuel currently in the reactor. NRC has it at 99% today. http://www.reformer.com/News/

No one is claiming responsibility for a poll taken recently which set off rumors of an effort by Yankee workers to purchase the reactor from Entergy. “Finally, the poll asked if the person would be supportive of a “new, regionally-based energy generating company with more local management and governance operating Vermont’s power plants like Vermont Yankee?”

rutlandherald.com/article/20140916/THISJUSTIN/709169961

Two Yankee related meetings will be held next week — both scheduled for Thursday evening. The first meeting of the Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel (NDCAP**) will be at Brattleboro Union High School at 6:30pm, Sept. 25. The first meeting for New Hampshire residents on the impacts of Yankee’s closing will be at 6pm at Hinsdale Middle/High School. One wonders how the newly-appointed NH representative to NDCAP will serve her constituents best: listening to the NH officals and hearing the questions by NH resident in Walpole, or attending her first meeting of the panel. Read more, with links, in this pithy post on Green Mtn. Daily

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Safe & Green and CAN are planning a party for the NUCLEAR FREE NEW YEAR on Saturday, January 3, 2015. Entergy announced the closing date of Yankee is December 29. While there will be lots to do to decommission and clean up the site over the next DECADES, let’s take a time to celebrate YANKEE UNPLUGGED and no more new waste! Stay tuned for details.

PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH UPDATE Lots on our website http://www.safeandgreencampaign.org/Nuclear-Free Contingent

ONE THOUSAND Vermonters — 1% of VT’s population — and 22 THOUSAND folks from Massachusetts are going to NYC 9.20 & 9.21 this weekend

Everything you need to know about the March — which starts in 48 hours — is on the People’s Climate March (PCM) website here: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/

— Look at the Line Up & Narrative for ALL the march contingents here. Nuclear-Free is part of #3: “We Have The Solutions”
— NEW: Block Party at the end of the March by People’s Climate March (PCM) – music, food (water & porta potties, too). Javits Center.

— Take photos & email them to us safeandgreencampaign@gmail.com

We’ll post on our website & Facebook page Monday or Tuesday.

We had our last conference call of NUCLEAR-FREE, CARBON-FREE organizers this week. Here’s the run down on our contingent:

— NEW: Saturday 9-10:30 am Teach In at the Climate Convergence: Don’t Nuke the Climate:How Nuclear Power Makes Climate Change Worse and is Stealing our Energy Future St. Johns University Manhattan Campus; 51 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003; ROOM 108

— Saturday 2pm: National Nuclear Free Activist Gathering.2-6 pm at the Bread and Butter Deli, upstairs, 419 Park Avenue South (corner of 29th Street). #6 subway, 28th Street stop.

— VOLUNTEER SUNDAY help set up 8:00am-10am at the RALLY (location below) +/or at the end of the Rally, help take down staging, move to March end point.

— SUNDAY RALLY (10am): Central Park West between 73rd and 74th streets. Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent (details below).

— MARCH CONTINGENT: Go to the RALLY location above and join hundreds marching with us. We’ll have banners or bring your own (paper, cardboard, string only).

BUSES ARE SOLD OUT. (Mass. has 500 person waiting list for buses!) If you are on a bus, work it! Get names of folks on your bus & their affiliations & email addresses for your group or pass them along to us. Start forming coalitions. Make plans to get together in the week or two after the March to strategize for the future. Collect signatures for petitions. 1. Tom Hayden’s petition to the UN on the proposal which promotes nuclear as a solution to climate change. 2. NIRS has one on the new EPA “clean energy” regs which asks that nuclear not be subsidized or considered clean. NIRS petition to EPA

RALLY DETAILS – If you are taking the bus, it’s a 15 minute walk to our Rally from the bus drop off area. Nuclear-Free is one of the few rallies with amplification. Confirmed speakers & performers as of Friday: Dr. Arjun Makhijani (IEER and author of Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free); Hunter Lovins, President and Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions, one of the nation’s leading experts in sustainable energy practices; Jessica Azulay, Program Director, Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE); Julia Walsh (Campaign Director, Frack Action & New Yorkers Against Fracking); Tim Judson (NIRS); Leona Morgan, Dine No Nukes in New Mexico; Japanese activist Yuko Tonohira; Sandra Steingraber, Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Distinguished Scholar at Ithaca College; new poems by Marge Piercy; Michael Mariotte, MC (NIRS).
Performers: Raging Grannies; Joel Landy, Chiho Kaneko, Mel & Vinnie.

Well, I better get packing!

Peace & Solidarity,

Leslie Sullivan Sachs

for the Safe & Green Campaign

Voices of Fukushima – Brattleboro 6:30pm

Three years ago today, in a conference call, the NRC announced that it would approve the 20 year license extension for Vermont Yankee. One week later, on March 11, the reactors at Fukushima began melting down. Much has changed in our evacuation zone in three short years. Those living in Fukushima’s evacuation zone lost everything in one day. What are their lives like now?

On Tuesday, March 11, we will learn more. Safe & Green is hosting a “Voices of Fukushima” gathering from 6:30-8:30pm at the Brattleboro Food Coop Community Room. The direct entrance is on the side of the Coop on Canal Street. We will show four short documentaries about Fukushima, then Chikako Kaneko will join us for a discussion and describe her most recent trip back to Japan, where she visited with Chikako Nishiyama of Kawauchi, Greenfield’s sister city.

The four films include a update on the cleanup in Namie, the town Brattleboro adopted in 2013; a explanation of the current status of the reactors from Arnie Gundersen; a perspective from a farmer and a displaced family, with information on radiation testing of children; and a walk through temporary shelters which evacuees fear are now their permanent homes. All together, the films are about 35 minutes.

safe_futureThe entrance to Namie, Japan reads Nuclear Power — The Energy for a Better Future.”
As I write this, I am empowered by the five hundred young people who have handcuffed themselves to the White House fence to protest the KXL pipeline, and the thousands across Pennsylvania Avenue supporting them.

“For me XL Dissent is about young people standing together and engaging in a bold act of civil disobedience, and through this, demonstrating our commitment to making this world a more humane, peaceful, and inclusive place to live,” said Matthew, a 20 year old sophomore from Columbia University.

Solidarity!

Peace,
Leslie Sullivan Sachs
Safe and Green Campaign

Solarize Windham

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Solarize …
is a grassroots phenomenon to help homeowners and small businesses overcome the financial and logistical barriers to installing solar energy.  Started in Portland, Oregon in 2009, it has since spread to hundreds of towns across America and is responsible for thousands of rooftop and backyard solar arrays.  Solarize involves a competitive tiered pricing structure that increases the savings for everyone as more homes and businesses sign up.The Core Elements of a Solarize project are:
1.     Endorsement of the project by a municipality or other trusted community-based organization
2.     Community volunteers for each town to organize and publicize the project
3.     Selection of a contractor to install the solar systems
4.     A discounted or ‘tiered’ pricing structure offered by the contractor that lowers each systems’ price when groups of people sign up to participate
5.     Limited time offer

In addition to the above, it can be helpful to have a project organizer and technical advisor operating at a regional level to help individual towns to carry out their Solarize campaigns.

Community Solar:  Solarize Windham is offering the unique option of a community solar project.  This is a ‘solar farm’ that people can participate in who rent or whose homes are not well suited for solar.  To learn more visit the Community Solar page of this website.

A Basic Town Solarize collective purchase program is designed to lead a homeowner through a simple process, from awareness to installation, over the course of roughly six months. The process includes: Awareness, Education & Publicity, Enrollment, Site Assessment, Decision and Installation.

Other Solarize Initiatives in our region include:

  • Vermont: Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg, Williston, Moretown, Thetford/Strafford (2014)
  • Western Mass: Hatfield, Adams, Amherst, Great Barrington, Lee, Williamstown, Montague, Northampton, Whately (Sponsored by the Mass. Clean Energy Center)
  • Connecticut: Portland, Lebanon, Cheshire, Enfield (Sponsored by the Conn. Clean Energy Fund)


While it is helpful to have a Town Energy Committee to undertake the organizing of a Solarize initiative, it can certainly be done without one if a Selectboard, respected community leader or organization steps up to initiate the program.


For More Information on Solarize in Windham County, contact Tad Montgomery at Home Energy Advocates in Brattleboro: (802) 251-0502 or Tad@HomeEnergyAdvocates.com.

  • Solarize Massachusetts: www.masscec.com/solarizemass
  • Solarize Connecticut: www.solarizect.com
  • Solarize Upper Valley:  http://www.vitalcommunities.org/solarize/Picture
    Putney Is The First to Solarize

    Putney will be the first town in Southern Vermont to launch a Solarize campaign, with a ‘soft’ opening on Feb. 15th, 2014, and a grand opening at the Putney Community Center on March 15th.

  • The Putney Solar Pre-Equinox Full Moon Potluck Dance Party schedule:
    5:00 PM  Event setup
    6:00 PM Potluck dinner and dessert with ice cream and more
    6:30 PM Presentations by RGS and Sunward on
    the benefits of solar
    7:00 PM Meet the installers, and sign up for Solarize 
    Putney!
    7:30 PM – 9:30 PM or so — Music and Dancing to Simba
    Solar and other energy companies attending will be:

    Many thanks to Putney Energy coordinator Daniel Hoviss and the Putney Energy Committee for leading the way! 

    For more information on Solarize Putney, please contact the Putney Energy Committee.

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    * This is a benefit event, so all donations  will flow to the Putney Community Center’s capital improvement program.


CAN ALERTS and events

Calendar Listings – Recent Articles

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VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance and Stop the VT Gas Pipeline Fundraiser

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Where: Nutty Steph’s, 961 Rt. 2, Middlesex, VT 05602 (in the same building at the Red Hen Bakery).

What: Join VYDA for a VT Yankee Decommissioning Alliance and Stop the VT Gas Pipeline Fundraiser.

Don’t miss music by Small Axe and performances by Erok Gillard and friends. We will also celebrate the announcement that Entergy will shut down Vermont Yankee next year.

Sliding scale: $5- $10

For more information call: Andy Plante at 802-223-5409

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The Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Ongoing Lessons for Boston and New York

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM in NYC

and Wednesday, October 9, 2013 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM in Boston.

Where: NYC location: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10128 (Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall),

Boston location: the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02133 (Gardner Auditorium)

What: Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission joins panel to discuss the risks of nuclear power at the Indian Point and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Stations Seminar Tuesday, October 8 in NYC Seminar & Wednesday, October 9 in Boston.

You are cordially invited to attend a panel of speakers that includes the former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Dr. Gregory Jaczko; former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford; and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, who will share their perspectives on nuclear safety and the future of nuclear power. The panel will specifically address concerns regarding Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant now operating with an expired license in Buchanan, New York and Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The seminars will be held in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10128 (Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall) on Tuesday, Oct 8 and in Boston at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02133 (Gardner Auditorium) on Wednesday, Oct. 9

More speakers will be announced.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Leah Brown / Olive PR Solutions

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leah@oliveprsolutions.com www.OlivePRSolutions.com

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NRC Waste Confidence Hearing

When: October 28, 2013, “Open House” at 6:00 PM, Meeting 7:00 – 10:00 PM.

Where: Chelmsford, MA, Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell

What: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings to collect comments on a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the extended storage of highly radioactive irradiated fuel rods currently stored at nuclear power reactor sites in Washington DC, and 10 other cities between October 1 and November 14, 2013.

(Draft GEIS: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1322/ML13224A106.pdf)

This information is specific to NRC’s public meeting on Monday October 28 in Greater Boston: Chelmsford, Massachusetts Radisson Hotel & Suites Chelmsford-Lowell, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA 01824.

Link to Google Map: http://tinyurl.com/nrcboston

If you are planning your own events, be sure to insert the times you want people to arrive.

We encourage local groups to use their own materials. Click here for draft organizing-documents, offered simply as a starting point or aid. Edit/insert your own info and quotes/revise/reject freely.

Also, this is the link to a helpful NIRS page regarding the meeting: http://www.nirs.org/radwaste/wasteconfidence.htm

Clean up VY safely & Completely:

http://www.nukebusters.org/resources-reports-materials.shtml

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Celebration on the Closing of VT Yankee

When: November 2, 2013, 6:00 – 11:00 PM.

Where: West Brattleboro Meeting House (UU Church)

What: Citizens Awareness Network and Safe and Green are throwing a Celebration on the Closing of VT Yankee!

John Shelton will play and others.

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Choose CAN as your favorite non-profit for Valley Gives!

When: December 12, 2013 between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM

Where: on line

What: When a donor comes to the Valley Gives website and makes a gift to their favorite nonprofits between 12 AM and 11:59 PM on December 12th, that gift will be added up, along with thousands of other gifts being made to nonprofits in western Massachusetts.

Throughout the day, donors will be randomly chosen and their gift will be amplified with a “Golden Ticket” adding $1,200 to support their favorite nonprofit. More than 80 different nonprofits will receive this bonus. At the end of 24 hours, the nonprofits that have raised the most money, and those that have the most unique donors, will be rewarded with special grants from a prize pool of $200,000.

To donate go to: www.valleygivesday.org

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A Barn for Bessie

CAN needs barn or shed space to store Bessie, the No-Nukes Trojan Cow for the winter. She is on a platform that is 6′ wide, 12′ long, and she stands about 8′ tall. If you have space or a lead on possible storage space please call Harvey at 413-625-6177.

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Join our Board

Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) is growing our board of directors. As you are well aware, CAN is a grassroots environmental organization working to end the use of unaffordable and dangerous nuclear power in the Northeast. CAN has successfully been an integral player in empowering communities to take action, has helped transform debates over energy, pollution and environmental justice and has helped reduce New England’s dependence on nuclear power by a significant percentage. Currently CAN is working on the closure of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont and is engaging New England communities in the transition to renewable energy sources You can learn more on the website: www.nukebusters.org.

If you would like to join the board of this vibrant organization at a pivotal moment in our ever-evolving mission, please contact us if you have finance skills, strategic planning skills, development skills, general non-profit board experience or have passion for an issue that is related to social justice or the environment.  We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and accept letters of interest at CAN@nukebusters.org or you can post your paper letter to: CAN, P.O. Box 83, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.

Board terms are one year in length or longer. The board meets six times throughout the calendar year for board meetings.

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Recent Articles Related to VY:

Texas will take Vermont’s radioactive waste

http://www.pressherald.com/news/nationworld/Texas_will_take_Vermont_s_radioactive_waste_.html

 

Panel weighs shutdown impact on permit

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20131002/NEWS03/710029895

Fukushima plant reports another contaminated water leak after overfilling tank with no gauge

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/ea99435fbd4741f0aff4d6fd2c1f336e/AS-Japan-Nuclear-

Is Nuclear Power Compatible With Democracy?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/madhusree-mukerjee/india-nuclear-power_b_4029696.html

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If you want to subscribe or unsubscribe from the Citizens Awareness Network Calendar and e-alert list, or if you have any questions, please contact our administrative assistant veronique@nukebusters.org.

ABC news reports….

Vermont Yankee Nuke Plant to Close by End of 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. August 27, 2013 (AP)
By DAVE GRAM Associated Press

Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of next year, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced Tuesday.

The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said. The station will remain under the oversight of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission throughout the decommissioning process.

The New Orleans-based company has been battling with the state since 2010, when the Vermont Senate voted against a measure that would have authorized a state board to grant Vermont Yankee a permit to operate for an additional 20 years. Lawmakers were concerned about the plant’s safety, age and misstatements by plant management about components at the reactor.

“This was an agonizing decision and an extremely tough call for us,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Vermont Yankee has an immensely talented, dedicated and loyal workforce, and a solid base of support among many in the community. We recognize that closing the plant on this schedule was not the outcome they had hoped for, but we have reluctantly concluded that it is the appropriate action for us to take under the circumstances.”

Denault said that when it closes, the plant will be placed in “safe-store,” in which federal regulations allow it to be mothballed for up to 60 years while its radioactive components cool down before removal.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement released by spokesman Neil Sheehan that the federal agency would “continue its rigorous oversight of the plant through the rest of its operations and into and through decommissioning. We have a decommissioning process that the details steps that would have to be taken by Entergy going forward.”

The decision to close Vermont Yankee was based on a number of financial factors, including low wholesale energy prices, high costs and what the company called a flawed market design that artificially deflates energy prices.

Nuclear plants have been under significant price competition due to the recent natural gas boom in the United States. Vermont Yankee, among the oldest and smallest plants in the country and located in a state with one of the nation’s strongest anti-nuclear movements, had long been considered among the most likely to be shuttered.

Vermont Yankee opened in 1972 in Vernon. In the past, the plant has provided as much as a third of the state’s electrical supply. Currently, nearly all of its power is shipped to electric companies in neighboring states.

After being granted the federal license it also needed for continued operation, Entergy sued the state and won a first round in federal court in Brattleboro.

The state appealed but largely lost earlier this month. Attorney General Bill Sorrell has said the ruling worked out well in one respect: The court overruled a part of the lower-court decision saying the state had violated the U.S. Constitution by trying to demand cut-rate power from Vermont Yankee if it were allowed to continue operating.

The company employs about 630 people, a staffing level that will gradually be reduced as the plant moves through the stages of decommissioning.

Parade and Rally March 30th

Dear friends of the Safe and Green Campaign,
Today is the 34th anniversary of Three Mile Island. Silver lining: no new nukes in 34 years. Not without a fight.
On the home front, it has been a year of illegal operations – with no certificate of public good – and the leaks, lies and lawyers continue. (Keep reading for what happened just this past week).

Take Action with SAGE on Saturday, March 30th with the
Leaks, Lies & Lawyers Parade and Rally

Want to march with B&P in a Bread and Puppet costume? Meet at 2:30pm, Harris Place, Brattleboro to rehearse. (Directions are below)  Everyone else gather there at 3:30pm. We’ll wind our way down Main Street to the Latchis Theater and at 4:30pm begin to learn what we can do now to shut Yankee down and insure safe decommissioning. Senator Jeanette White (D-Windham County), Deb Katz (CAN) and Chris Williams (VCAN) will talk about what’s happening in the legislature, Entergy’s financial situation, the latest legal updates, and a word about waste. Chad Simmons & Frederic Noyse have created a skit, the Vocal Chordz will lead us in song, and DJ David Longsmith will rock the house.

Here’s the news: Vermont Yankee is still refueling and is still at 0 percent power. That does not mean the trouble stops. Since refueling began, a 6’x10′ panel blew off, and 2 feet of water appeared in an electric switch control room due to a failed flood seal. And now Entergy’s finances are so precarious that we suspect the corporation will shortchange safety to save money. The fair market value of the plant is three times less than it’s carrying value. CAN and activists at Fitzpatrick and Pilgrim petitioned the NRC to shut down Yankee and Fitzpatrick based on its financial weakness. http://www.nukebusters.org Two days later, on March 22, the NRC asked Entergy “… do they still have the financial qualifications to continue to operate the plant safely and if not, what are they going to do to address that?” (VPR). The new commissioner of the Dept of Public Service, Chris Recchia, has concerns which he has taken directly to the NRC. “I want to understand how the NRC looked at these systems when it re-licensed the plant.” On the legal front, the VT Supreme Court denied the New England Coalition’s complaint to shut down Yankee based on the sale agreement, and Entergy is now suing the State of New York over Indian Point.

See you Saturday!
Leslie, for the Safe & Green Campaign

* DIRECTIONS to Harris Place: [ Google Map ]

Take Exit 2 off of I91 to Brattleboro, Vt. Follow Route 9 into downtown. Go through the blinking red lights. Turn left into Public Parking immediately after the funeral home and before the traffic lights at the very bottom of the hill.  (On the corner of the parking lot is Silver Moon.) Drive to the far end of the parking lot and park there.
From this end, it is a short walk down the hill on Grove Street to Main Street. Walk directly across Main Street to Harris Place. (TD bank is on the corner of Main St. and Harris Place.)
If you have a float to unload, you can drive to Harris Place. Same directions as above. Drive thru the parking lot, down Grove Street, and across Main Street into Harris Place.

Parade Route Map

Fukushima Day event in Putney

Hello to Safe and Green/ SAGE Alliance supporters in the Putney and Brattleboro area:
The second anniversary of the start of the disaster at Fukushima is fast approaching, on March 11. We are planning a unique and meaningful event to bring this tragedy home to our local communities.  A number of towns will host vigils, each highlighting a different community in the area of Fukushima that has been forced to evacuate, most likely for the lifetime of the former residents, possibly forever.
Putney is one of the towns hosting a vigil. We will carry signs and give out information about our “sister town,” Iitate, which you can read about below. Other communities hosting these vigils include Brattleboro, Greenfield, Hanover, NH, Amherst, MA, Northfield, MA, and possibly others. A vigil will also take place at the gates of Vermont Yankee on Sunday, March 10 at 11.
We will be gathering on Saturday, March 9 from 1-3 on the sidewalk in front of the Tavern Green in downtown Putney.  In case of a heavy rain or snow, we will postpone it until Sunday the 10th at the same time and place.
Vermont Yankee continues to operate without a state permit, endangering our communities and families. We need to continue to speak out and remind people of the folly of nuclear power. This event should make strong connections with our neighbors, as well as letting the people of Japan know that we are aware of their hardships and ongoing challenges.
In addition to the vigil, we will be gathering at 4:00 on March 8 at the Putney Friends Meeting to make signs for the event, so please come and help out, especially if you have any artistic talent!
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about this event, or if you want to help with organizing. Also, please forward this email to your friends and contacts in the Putney area.
Hope you can all make it on March 9,
No nukes!
Nancy Braus

Proposed changes to the Clean Energy Development Fund

Dear Vermonters

For those of you who want to help increase clean renewable energy in our state, please read this.

As a town energy coordinator I understand the challenges that schools and municipalities face in order to undertake a solar electric or solar hot water project. Schools and municipalities are not taxable entities, they cannot take advantage of the federal tax incentives and so rely on town or bond funding for projects and improvements.

As you may know, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and the investment tax credits will be extended through the end of the year under the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which was passed by Congress on January 1, 2013, and signed into law on January 2 by President Obama.

But this does not help the schools or municipalities (special customers) without some kind of third party investment scheme.

The Vermont Small Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program is currently closed as funds are no longer available for projects. Hopefully the program will re-open in mid-February.

Due to the increased demand for PV (solar electric) and the lack of funds, the DPS and the Clean Energy Development Fund are recommending changes to the program that would sharply decrease the incentive amounts available for “special customer” and commercial projects.

 Here is a link to the proposed changes that are now out for public comment:

http://alturl.com/88r7i 

Some of the critical proposed changes for Special Customers (schools, towns, and low-income housing) and commercial customers are as follows:

  • Change the incentive for Special Customers from the current $2.10/W for systems <10kW; and $1.40/W for each additional watt up to a 50kW max to a flat $0.50/W to a max of 10kW.
  • Lower the kilowatt incentive cap for PV for commercial incentives from 25kW to 10kW
  • Lower the system size cap for commercial PV incentives from 150kW to 25kW; systems 25kW and larger would thus not be eligible for any incentives under this program

  • Change the incentive cap from 50% of the total installed costs for Special Customers to 20% for all incentives for all customers

The CEDF Board will vote on the proposed changes at their meeting on Jan. 24th 2013.

Please send in your comments before Jan 18th 2013.

It is vitally important to the solar industry in Vermont that these incentives remain in effect, and are not diminished or curtailed. It is equally important to come up with long term funding source (Not Vermont Yankee) and a consistent long term incentive structure that can help stabilize the ups and downs in demand for solar projects, in order to help our solar installers grow and succeed. If the goal is more solar then removing incentives has the opposite effect. The special customers are the ones most in need of financial help on projects.

In spite of many public meetings by the DPS, where town after town voted for clean energy over non renewable or nuclear energy, the DPS appears to be curtailing support for Solar Electric projects for commercial and special clients.
Please send a message that you want to see continued incentive support and no reductions in special customer incentives.

Please send in comments to: Andrew.perchlik@state.vt.us

or to the Clean Energy Development Fund at 112 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620

thank you!

Daniel Hoviss

Town of Putney Energy Coordinator

CAN needs your support on Valley Gives

When donors come to the Valley Gives website between 12 AM and 11:59 PM on 12.12.12, they will be 
able to make gifts to their favorite nonprofits. At the end of 24 hours, the top three nonprofits that have 
raised the most money and the top three nonprofits that have the most donors will be rewarded with 
special grants of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000. The nonprofit in 12th place in each category will receive
$1,200. In addition to those prizes, participating nonprofits will be eligible for special bonus gifts given 
between 11am and midnight to randomly selected winners.
I would like to invite you to support Citizens Awareness Network at this incredible event! 
Act today to change tomorrow!
This is our page on Valley Gives:
 
 Thank you so much for your support!