Regulators have released a draft of the standards for writing energy plans that would gain localities a greater say in the siting of projects. Despite criticism from some quarters, others who have written such plans say it’s not that hard.
In a pair of meetings, the board will work out details of a pilot program meant to better locate renewable projects and will address a side effect of another program that it says makes energy more costly.
Critics hoped to retain language that would have declared a public health emergency over wind turbines noise, but wind advocates say there is no good evidence supporting claims that the sound endanger human health.
I am deeply disappointed that the governor and Speaker Smith chose to trade political favors instead of attending to the genuine concerns of Vermonters.
Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law Monday that proponents say will impose tougher sound standards on wind turbines and give towns a greater say over where renewable projects are built. Shumlin signed the bill at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission office in Middlebury, in a county where a number of large-scale energy […]
The argument that everyone should submit to the will of the majority just because mistakes were made in drafting a law is not a strong one.
In a showdown with House Speaker Shap Smith, GOP leaders declined to see if he was bluffing. After nearly 12 hours of maneuvering, they yielded to the inevitable, and the replacement legislation got its vote.
This issue has been politicized as a conflict between those who promote renewable energy and those who do not. This is simply not true.
House minority leader Don Turner says lawmakers should leave the bill as is and override the governor’s veto.
The proposed “fix” to S.230 is being promoted by VPIRG and contains yet more gifts to special interests, with nothing protective for present or future wind turbine neighbors.
Gov. Peter Shumlin said S.230 would effectively declare a public health emergency over the issue of wind energy even though, according to him, science doesn’t justify that. Legislative leaders said they would likely work to revise the bill.
It seems to be OK that developers make millions of dollars and homeowners go bankrupt fighting for their lives.
PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release June 3rd, 2016 Contact: Rep. Don Turner 802-373-5960 House Republicans Call on Governor and Speaker to Support S. 230 Montpelier, Vt – Republican House Leadership was notified by Speaker Smith yesterday that Governor Shumlin is considering a veto of S. 230. At the end of the session the Governor threatened […]
News Release — Lisman for Vermont June 2, 2016 Media Contact: Shawn Shouldice 802-279-0092 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman today urged Governor Peter Shumlin to sign S. 230, a measure that would provide communities with greater influence over the siting of renewable energy projects. “While I continue to strongly believe that Vermont should establish a […]