Energy News: Vermont lawmakers to hear from regulator about energy siting

The Associated Press

The energy-regulating Public Service Board has been taking a beating lately from critics of Vermont's energy siting process for not listening carefully enough to residents' concerns about the boom in wind and solar power development.

 

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The energy-regulating Public Service Board has been taking a beating lately from critics of Vermont's energy siting process for not listening carefully enough to residents' concerns about the boom in wind and solar power development.

On Tuesday, board member Margaret Cheney is set to testify before two legislative committees about how the board does its work.

The House Natural Resources and Energy and Fish and Wildlife committees are considering legislation passed by the Senate that calls for strengthening local and regional planning around energy and tells the board to give more weight to local and regional plans when reviewing renewable energy projects.

It will be familiar territory for Cheney. She's the former vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

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