Michael Bielawski - Watchdog.org

Michael Bielawski is a freelance reporter for Vermont Watchdog. A Seton Hall 2005 graduate, Bielawski has been writing articles for various publications in and around New York City, Seoul in South Korea, and Vermont for ten years. He’s a staff writer at the Hardwick Gazette, keeping track of rising school budgets and rural Vermont issues. He likes to write about energy and the environment, looking for angles not seen in mainstream media. At home he’s busy looking after two little boys, and during free, time loves to watch Stanley Kubrick films on Netflix. He can be reached at [email protected]

Local solar project pits property owners against community

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Stion

A 500 kilowatt solar installation proposed for a former apple orchard in Middletown Springs is pitting property owners and abutting neighbors against each other in a bitter struggle.

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Vermont to miss benefits of falling natural gas prices

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments


Natural gas prices are hitting an all-time low, but Vermont may miss out on the affordable energy due to a lack of infrastructure.

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Vermont’s all-renewable claims based on uneven RECs market

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Burlington Electric Department

As Vermont races to become the nation’s first all-green-energy state, reports that municipalities are reaching the goal may be overblown.

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Power purchase agreements in state of flux for Vermont utilities

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Federal government, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont utility companies are accustomed to sharing the cost of power, but a new rule that went into effect in September requires utilities closest to the power source to pay up.

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Governor-elect meeting with Bhutanese refugees defies hot-headed national trend

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  Immigration, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo by Michael Bielawski

As so-called sanctuary city mayors vow to defy the federal government over immigration law, a friendly meeting between Phil Scott and the Bhutanese community recently showed that immigration issues don’t have to be addressed by protests and vitriol.

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Renewable energy developers look to sell power out of state

By   /  November 16, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermonters for a Clean Environment

“Here’s a project that’s going into a local community with local community impacts that’s being portrayed as ‘we want to help Vermont get to its goals,’ but you’re not (helping) if you sell it out of state.”

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