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Vermont Energy Rebellion News–Legislation

 

S.191 – An act relating to the siting of wind generation facilities

Sponsor(s): Sen. Jane Kitchel (D Caledonia)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Finance

This bill proposes to require the Public Service Board, when making a siting determination for wind generation, to defer to municipal and regional recommendations unless there is a clear convincing demonstration to the contrary.

 

S.195 – An act relating to a study on whether to require large buildings to install solar generation.

Sponsor(s): Sen. Claire Ayer (D Addison)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

The bill outlines the construction of a study group.

 

S.204 – An act relating to siting of renewable electric generation.

Sponsor(s): Sen. Joe Benning (R Caledonia)
Sen. Brian Collamore (R Rutland)
Sen. Peg Flory (R Rutland)
Sen. John Rodgers (D Essex-Orleans)
Sen. Robert Starr (D Essex-Orleans
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Finance

This bill proposes to ensure that renewable generation is sited in Vermont only if it is used to meet Vermont’s renewable energy standard and will be sited in a region of the state in which electric consumption exceeds the amount of renewable energy already produced or to be produced in the region. This bill also proposes to clarify that an existing exemption from local land use regulation for “public utility power generating plants” includes only plants by retail electric utilities and small, customer-owned net-metering systems.

 

S.205 – An act relating to renewable energy development and protecting agricultural and forest soils.

Sponsor(s): Sen. John Rodgers (D Essex-Orleans)
Sen. Robert Starr (D Essex-Orleans)

Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Finance

This bill proposes to incorporate the Act 250 criteria for primary agricultural and productive forest soils into the Public Service Board siting process for energy facilities.

 

S.210 – An act relating to banning industrial wind.

Sponsor(s): Sen. John Rodgers (D Essex-Orleans)
Sen. Robert Starr (D Essex Orleans)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

This bill proposes to prohibit the installation of industrial wind generation.

 

S.226 – An act relating to energy generation siting.

Sponsor(s): Sen. Alice W. Nitka (D Windsor)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Finance

This bill proposes to require the Public Service Board, when making a siting determination for energy facilities within its jurisdiction, to defer to municipal and regional recommendations unless there is a clear and convincing demonstration that they are outweighed by other factors affecting the general good of the state.

 

S.230 – An act relating to improving the siting of energy projects.

Sponsor(s): Sen. Christopher Bray (D Addison)
Sen. Joe Benning (R Caledonia)
Sen. Mark McDonald (D Orange)
Sen Alice W. Nitka (D Windsor)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

This bill proposes various improvements to the siting of energy projects and the process for siting them:
1. Establishing a position at the Public Service Board to provide information and assistance to the public about siting cases.
2. Disallowing a company subject to the Board’s jurisdiction from using eminent domain power on a project if the company has executed non-disclosure agreement with landowners in connection with the project.
3. Passing on to ratepayers the costs of building three-phase lines to serve renewable generation if the use of the line will allow siting the generation in a location that reduces its impact on scenic beauty.
4. For generation facilities greater than 15 kilowatts, directing the Board to include decommissioning requirements in the certificate of public good.
5. Creating a pilot project within the Standard Offer Program to encourage siting renewable generation in preferred locations.
6. Allowing the co-location of net-metering systems on a tract designated by the municipality.

 

S.236 – An act relating to ensuring that roofs of new construction are solar-ready.

Sponsor(s): Sen, David Zuckerman (PD Chittenden)
Date read: 5 Jan 2016
Committee: referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

This bill proposes to direct that municipal and State land use permits require new commercial and residential construction to have the capacity to site solar generation on the roof of the structure, unless the structure is a single-family residence to be built and occupied by the owner.