Lawmakers disappointed by veto of renewable energy siting bill

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copyright the Chronicle June 8, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

Local policymakers are disappointed about Governor Peter Shumlin’s veto of S.230, the bill that would give towns and town plans more voice before the Public Service Board (PSB) about where commercial wind and solar projects are sited.

Most were also surprised. The state has made enormous progress toward its clean energy goals, the Governor said in a Monday press release. And one out of 17 Vermonters now works in the green energy industry.

“Last minute changes to S.230 would have had the effect of putting the brakes on this progress and costing Vermonters jobs,” the press release said.

The temporary wind turbine noise provisions in the bill that allowed noise only ten decibels above the ambient noise in an area were too…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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