Vermont renewable energy siting attracts NIMBY critics

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont's process for siting renewable energy projects say they'll be back at the Statehouse. And they say they're unhappy with a pending bill to change that siting process.

Members of the Energy Transformation Coalition and Energize Vermont plan to host an informational and educational day on Tuesday.

The groups have been pushing for greater local say over large-scale wind and solar power projects. They say the current Public Service Board process is too legalistic and unfriendly to citizen participation.

Supporters of renewable energy say the state needs to be aggressive about building wind and solar energy to meet its needs for renewable energy.

Legislation to strengthen local and regional planning around energy projects is pending. But critics say it does not go far enough.

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