Articles by: Michael Shank

Virus Highlights Nature’s Right To Be Left Alone

Virus Highlights Nature’s Right To Be Left Alone

April 1, 2020 at 8:51 pm

LAW360 04/01/20 By Michael Shank Rights-based advocacy does well in the United States. The right to vote. The right to bear arms. The right to marriage. The right to choose. The right to own property. The fights and freedoms won in the last century were pitched, packaged and positioned as […]

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Brandon Man Leading Way in EV Fast-Charging

Brandon Man Leading Way in EV Fast-Charging

March 19, 2020 at 7:27 pm

VERMONT EAGLE 03/19/20 By Lou Varricchio A Brandon man is leading the way to increase awareness about electric vehicles (EVs) and to expand fast-charging stations around the area. Dr. Michael Shank is a leading advocate for EV transportation. When Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced on March 9 that it is […]

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August 02, 2013 - NREL employees plug in their electric vehicle and EV hybrids into electric chargers at NREL's  parking garage.  (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)

GMP Launches Expansion of Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles

March 10, 2020 at 10:13 am

VERMONT BIZ 03/09/20 More Than Doubles Availability in Vermont. Program Builds on State Grant Program and Combats Vermont’s Biggest Cause of Carbon Emissions: Transportation Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) today announced it is launching a program to expand fast charging for electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont to directly […]

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Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

February 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

VTDIGGER 02/25/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain Power – launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from other Vermonters. […]

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FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo - RC123E3513F0

Clean Energy is Not Just Good for the Environment. It Also Prevents War

February 12, 2020 at 2:14 pm

NEWSWEEK 02/12/20 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Take oil out of the foreign policy picture, and American presidents would have lacked motive to preemptively attack Iraq, Libya and now Iran. There were equally authoritarian leaders of other countries at the time, operating with even greater propensity toward […]

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Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

February 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 02/08/20 TIMES ARGUS 02/08/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility — Green Mountain Power (GMP) — launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated […]

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Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

January 24, 2020 at 11:10 am

VTDIGGER 1/23/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He is co-organizing the EV Festival on July 11 from noon-10 p.m. at […]

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6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

6 More Tips to Win Minds and Hearts for the Climate

January 21, 2020 at 10:12 am

APOLITICAL 1/21/20 By Michael Shank If you’re not sold on your climate message, the public won’t be either This article is written by Dr. Michael Shank, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Centre for Global Affairs. In my last article for […]

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Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

Vermont Offers a Peek at a Solar Energy Future

January 20, 2020 at 5:07 pm

REUTERS 01/20/20 By Michael Shank A peer-to-peer energy sales platform will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from others in the U.S. state When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Last month, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain […]

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EVs Celebrated

EVs Celebrated

January 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 01/18/20 TIMES-ARGUS 01/18/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green technology, Vermont has been and continues to be a national leader. Whether it’s the cutting-edge partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power to roll out Powerwall batteries across the state — ensuring resilient homes for Vermonters while […]

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