Vermont Senate advances energy siting bill

Vermont (39.5 out of 50)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that calls for state regulators to pay more attention to local communities when it comes to siting renewable energy projects.

But critics of the state's current siting process say it doesn't go far enough in shifting authority over wind and solar projects from the state to towns. They also want to see the state be more aggressive about regulating the noise made by wind turbines.

The measure got preliminary approval Wednesday on a vote of 25 to 3, but even some supporters expressed concerns about it.

Sen. Chris Bray, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, says the bill aims to integrate land-use and energy planning.

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