From the Director, May 2017 - Lots of Energy on the Energy Front!

We encourage town officials, town volunteers and the general public to get involved. Here's just some of what's going on:

  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing of the hydropower dams on the Connecticut River in Vernon, Bellows Falls and Wilder, currently owned by TransCanada but which are being sold to ArcLight Capital Partners/Big River Hydro. The Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Facility in Northfield, Massachusetts is also in the midst of the FERC relicensing process. Its operation impacts Vernon.
  • The proposed sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to NorthStar for the purpose of decommissioning and site restoration is currently the subject of both U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Vermont Public Service Board proceedings.
  • There are a number of utility-scale solar projects under development or being considered by the Public Service Board. The WRC reviews these and all energy projects through our Project Review Committee.
  • The Windham County Renewable Energy Program was developed by the WRC using Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) money earmarked for Windham County through the settlement agreement arrived at between the state and Entergy Vermont Yankee. Through this program we are providing grants for renewable energy development projects for municipal, neighborhood-scale and economic development-related projects.
  • The Windham Wood Heat Program also uses CEDF funding to provide technical assistance, auditing, and commissioning services for schools, municipal buildings, and public serving institutions to convert to modern wood heating systems.
  • The WRC is in the process of developing a regional energy plan element, and updated regional plan, that would meet the standards established under Act 174 (http://windhamregional.org/energy/act-174-energy-planning). We are also piloting the development of Act 174-compliant town energy plan elements with the towns of Londonderry, Westminster and Vernon.

If you'd like to know more about any of these activities, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll put you in contact with the lead staff person.

Last Updated on 08 May 2017
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