VT Digger: Independent Advocate Idea Takes Center Stage At Energy Hearing

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Reposted from the VT Digger. By Andrew Stein. September 25, 2013.

Bennington Sen. Bob Hartwell is proposing the creation of an advocate’s office — independent from the governor — that would represent members of the public in energy permitting proceedings.

The proposal took center stage at the first legislative meeting on the possible revamping of the Vermont Public Service Board’s permitting process for energy generation projects.

The issue was a hot topic of debate last legislative session. What began as a proposed moratorium on utility-scale wind projects and an overhaul of the energy permitting process ended in a bill calling for meetings to consider the proposal.

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