Burlington Free Press: Vermont lawmakers voice concerns on energy siting

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Reposted from the Burlington Free Press. By Dave Gram. September 25, 2013.

MONTPELIER — A joint committee of the Vermont House and Senate grappled Wednesday with the question of how to balance the state’s need for renewable energy with local residents’ concerns about the noise from wind turbines, the smoke from woodchip-burning power plants and other annoyances.

Some committee members expressed disappointment with the recommendations of the Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, which Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed last year after complaints that the state had not adapted well to the plethora of new wind-powered, biomass, solar and other renewable energy generating facilities. Critics charged that the state Public Service Board, which reviews utility projects, was not doing enough to welcome towns and residents into the review process.

The commission released its findings earlier this year.

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