Vermont in brief

Guidance issued to solar companies doing business in Vermont

Vermont's attorney general and Department of Public Service have issued guidance to solar companies doing business in the state to avoid making deceptive claims for some projects.

Attorney General William Sorrell says in some project agreements — including most community solar or net metering credit purchase agreements — the solar company owns the solar panels, not the consumer.

Within some of the projects, the company also sells the renewable energy certificates/credits attributed to the electricity generated by the panels to help finance it. In such cases, the energy used by the consumer is not, legally, renewable or solar energy. It's simply undifferentiated power or "null electricity."

So, companies may not state or imply the energy consumed from such projects is "solar," "renewable," or "clean," and should have clear disclosures about the certificates.

Vermont Air National Guard gets night flight training

Things may be a little noisier than usual in the evening skies over Vermont for the next few days.

The Vermont Air National Guard says its pilots will be doing night flight training after dark and until 8 p.m. during each of the next four nights.

Guard officials say the night training is an important part of pilot training and is designed to promote pilot safety and mission success.

The flights will occur from Tuesday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 11.

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire leaders in Peace Corps

Statistics show that Vermont continues to be the top state in the country for producing Peace Corps volunteers while Maine and New Hampshire are also in this year's top 10.

Numbers released Tuesday by the Peace Corps show that 52 Vermonters are serving abroad, a rate of 8.3 per 100,000 residents, the highest in the nation. It's the third year Vermont has been the leader.

The statistics show that the Burlington-South Burlington metro area ranked third nationally, with 18 area residents serving as volunteers, also a rate of 8.3 per 100,000 residents.

The state of Maine ranked sixth this year, up three places from last year. The Portland-South Portland-Biddeford region of Maine ranked ninth nationally, the first time the area has made the rankings since 2012

New Hampshire is eighth.

– The Associated Press


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