Vermont Energy Rebellion Update

Mar 20, 2016 No Comments by

127 Rebellion Towns

With the addition of nine towns, the Vermont Energy Rebellion has reached 127 Vermont cities and towns. Click here for detailed town information.

40% of Vermonters Live in Rebellion Towns; Nearly 80% of Addison, Franklin County Voters

Forty percent of all Vermonters now live in a Rebellion Town. Nearly 80% of the populations in the Addison and Franklin senate districts live in a Rebellion Town. Addison County has been abused by solar developers; Franklin County is the home of David Blittersdorf’s noisy Georgia Mountain wind project as well as another proposed turbine development in Swanton.

Five other senate districts also have majority Rebellion Town populations: Bennington, Caledonia-Orange, Essex-Orleans, Lamoille, and Rutland. Three (of five) members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy represent districts that have majority Rebellion Town Populations. Click here to see the map of senate districts.

93 House Members Represent Rebellion Towns

Sixty-five of Vermont’s House districts contain at least one Rebellion Town; these districts include 93 of the 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives. These seats are held by 48 Democrats, 37 Republicans, 5 independents, and 3 Progressives. Seven (of 11) members of the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy represent at least one Rebellion Town. Click here for details.

Rutland Town Resolution–the Bottom Line

Most of the Rebellion Towns have signed the Rutland Town Resolution, which demands that the Legislature reform energy-siting policy to require compliance with appropriately-developed municipal siting standards.

S.230 Falls Short

The Senate is about to pass a bill, S.230, that would give substantially less than what the towns are demanding. We have yet to hear from a Rebellion Town official who is satisfied by S.230. We have heard it referred to as “insubstantial,” “less than a half-measure,” and “a betrayal.”

We know of several towns that will be taking up the Rutland Town Resolution in the next few weeks. We expect that the passage of S.230 will have no bearing on their decisions.

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