Lawmakers pass revised energy-siting bill

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copyright the Chronicle June 15, 2016

by Elizabeth Trail

MONTPELIER — Northeast Kingdom legislators spent a long day at the State House on Thursday, but they came home with a revised energy siting bill — S.260 — approved by both the House and the Senate.

Governor Shumlin signed S.260 into law on Tuesday.

The law will give town and regional planning commissions “substantial deference” before the Public Service Board when their plans have been determined to be consistent with state energy and climate goals, the Governor wrote in his signing statement.

Earlier last week, the Governor vetoed a previous version of the bill, called S.230. In his veto statement, the Governor wrote that the part of the bill allowing wind turbine noise to be no louder than ten decibels above the ambient sound in an area was too restrictive and could inadvertently push wind development toward urban areas…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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