Vermont Senate to debate final passage of renewable energy bill on Friday



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MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Senate is set to debate a renewable energy bill — with an amendment aimed at giving more local control over siting of some projects.

The underlying bill is designed to bring Vermont into better sync with other states on the sale of renewable energy credits, which utilities can buy to meet requirements that they get a certain amount of their energy from wind, solar and similar projects.

It also creates new incentives for utilities to work with homeowners to make energy improvements designed to save on heat.

But an amendment expected to be offered on Friday could rekindle a years-old debate about siting of wind projects. Critics of those projects are looking for towns and regional planning commissions to have greater say over where they go.

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