IEE Fortnightly – Post Peak Edition

VELCO-finalGreetings from the Eaton House,

Last Friday, a group of more than a dozen Energizers paid a visit to the VELCO (Vermont Electric Power Company). In a visit described by students as “incredibly valuable to my learning,” “remarkably impressive,” and “mind-blowing”,  the group toured a substation (pictured below), the command room, and various other facilities, while learning from VELCO officials about the physical realities of the grid.

VELCO’s incredibly busy top management spent over 3 hours with our student group, and the substation and line team spent hours more. The VELCO site visit is becoming one of IEE’s most popular annual traditions.

One student’s comments reflect the awe felt by many while considering the reality of VELCO’s work: “One moment that stands out the most for me was being inside the control room, the screen of that magnitude really brought to life the fact that VELCO transmits to 17 utilities in the state. It was truly mind blowing the level of responsibility VELCO has to supply energy for so many residents.”

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IEE Fortnightly – Fall Classic Edition

Greetings from the Eaton House,

As temperatures drop, members of the Energy Justice research team are realizing the immediate value of their work, as they investigate how energy efficiency programs can help combat energy poverty in Vermont.

Our director Michael Dworkin just returned from Pittsburgh where he was sitting on a panel for the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, evaluating reports and presentations by their faculty and PhDs on energy systems topics and methods.

And as you read this today, a group of Energizers are touring some VELCO facilities, including the command room. Very cool. What else is going on at the Institute? Continue reading

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IEE Fortnightly – Peak Foliage Edition

Greetings from the Eaton House,

First, IEE would like to echo others’ support and enthusiasm for the newly-formed student Energy Law Society. If you are interested in energy law and policy, the Energy Law Society provides a great opportunity to get involved. If you’d like to get on the society’s email list, you can email Josie Maressa: Josephinemaressa@vermontlaw.edu. General meetings will be the first Thursday of every month at 4pm.


You can find and like the Energy Law Society on Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/energylawsociety


And here’s a photo from the inaugural meeting, courtesy of Global Energy Fellow Mark James:

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IEE Fortnightly – Student Clinician Edition

Greetings from the Eaton House!
First, we’re happy to welcome Institute Director Michael Dworkin back from a couple of red-eyes across the Atlantic and four days in Oxford, where he presented at the 1st Annual Conference of the UK Energy Law and Policy Association.

The Europeans were so fascinated in the parallels between the mult-jurisdictional governance of electricity systems here in the Northeast and in the EU, that Michael has been invited to speak on the subject again in Finland in March. A copy of the “penultimate” PowerPoint draft is attached, for the curious among you. (The final, proofed version lies in the innards of Oxford’s IT department.) 

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IEE Fortnightly – Premiere Edition

Note: We send out biweekly updates to the VLS community about the goings-on at the Institute. We will re-post them here for posterity. 

Greetings from the Eaton House!

This note represents the first in a biweekly update of what’s happening “across the street” at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. I’m writing as the new Climate and Energy Media Fellow at the Institute, and one of my charges will be to send along these updates every couple of weeks.

First, the numbers:

This Fall, IEE is bringing on six new researchers and fellows from the field of LLM and Masters students. In addition to the 2Ls and 3Ls already on the team, this brings the Energizer team to a total of 26 — that’s 22 student researchers and 4 fellows. Continue reading

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