Vermont House passes, sends to Senate, renewable energy bill



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MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont House has passed and sent on to the Senate a bill that could resolve criticism that a current state program used to promote renewable energy double counts its results.

The measure passed Tuesday by the House ends a current program that has allowed power from Vermont wind projects and other renewable sources to be both counted as meeting state goals and then to sell renewable energy credits out of state.

The bill calls for Vermont to set up its own requirement that utilities get a specific percentage of their power from renewable sources — increasing to 75 percent by 2032.

It also allows utilities to help customers weatherize their homes and install cold-weather heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions tied to heating.

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