Rutland Herald: Energy siting report draws some criticism

Sep 26, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from the Rutland Herald. By Neal P. Goswami. September 26, 2013.

MONTPELIER — A report by a special commission charged with reviewing the process of siting energy projects in Vermont, including wind, was received with skepticism Wednesday by some lawmakers.

The House and Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Energy were briefed on the report and recommendations made by the Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission. Linda McGinnis, director of the commission, said the group is making 28 specific recommendations that are broken down into five broad themes:

Increased emphasis on planning.

Simplifying and streamlining.

Increasing opportunities for public participation.

Improving transparency and efficiency.

Ensuring adequate environmental, health and other protections.

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