VPR: Lawmakers Weigh Local Control Vs. State Energy Needs

Oct 31, 2013 No Comments by

Reposted from VPR. By John Dillon. October 30, 2013.

Vermont lawmakers are struggling with how best to give local communities a voice when big energy projects are planned for their towns.

The main question is how best to balance local concerns with the needs of the state as a whole for renewable energy

The League of Cities and Towns says municipalities deserve a strong voice to determine if large scale wind projects or other energy developments are built within their borders. Karen Horn is the league’s main lobbyist at the Statehouse. She testified on Wednesday before the House and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committees.

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