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December 29, 2016

Vermont skating rink operators want to develop the nation's first net zero ice rink

  • Energy bills are the single biggest expense of ice rinks.
    Associated Press

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    The plan to cut energy use at Union Arena in Vermont includes equipment upgrades, reusing heat from compressors and installing solar panels.

    WOODSTOCK, Vt. — A small community skating rink that was once in danger of folding is working on a long-term plan to eliminate its biggest single expense — its energy bill — by becoming what its leaders believe would be the country's first with no costs for electricity or heating fuel.

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