The board backed off somewhat from a stricter proposal before sending the new standards to legislators for review. Both supporters and opponents of wind power panned the rules.
The state board entered “a game of chicken with the Legislature.”
“It’s our future that’s really going to be paying” for inaction, said Kassidy Abair, a senior at Harwood Union High School. “It’s important that legislators who can make these changes realize that the youth want something to be done.”
The Public Service Board’s proposed rules are a significant reduction from the current limits and even from a “discussion draft” released in January.
Critics of Vermont’s renewable energy goals have argued that state leaders are pursuing an agenda legislators never endorsed.
The $50,000 is for sound monitoring equipment so college students can collect turbine noise data.
House minority leader Don Turner says lawmakers should leave the bill as is and override the governor’s veto.
The bill that aims to give towns and regions greater say over where renewable energy projects are built passed the House uneventfully Wednesday afternoon. It had been given preliminary approval Tuesday. Senators and representatives are likely to seek to reconcile differences between their versions of the bill in the coming days, said Sen. Chris Bray, […]
Although the House and Senate versions of the bill differ, its prospects are good, according to its lead sponsor, Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison. The bill likely will undergo further revision at a conference committee, he said.
Louis Porter, commissioner of the Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the bill is “tailored” to protect critical habitat during nesting seasons.
A so-called citizen suit would be allowed if the natural resources secretary failed to protect groundwater from statutory violations that endanger public health or the environment.
A second state senator plans to run for the top leadership post next year. Sen. Christopher Bray, an Addison County Democrat, said Tuesday he would seek the position of Senate president pro tempore for the next legislative session. The current Senate president, John Campbell, has said he will not run for re-election to the Senate […]
A Northeast Kingdom senator has a bone to pick with colleagues after the way the renewable energy vote played out Thursday.
The new town and regional planning process for utility-sized renewable energy projects stops short of giving municipalities veto power.