Vt. loves renewable energy, except when it arrives

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 4:03 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont touts itself as clean and green but renewable energy has had a bumpy ride in the state recently.

Strong opposition from citizens' groups to a wind-power project in Lowell, the recent vote by property owners to reject a proposed wind farm in northeastern Vermont, and a ruling by state regulators against a proposed wood-burning power plant have some questioning the state's willingness to turn talk into action on renewable energy.

A bill making its way through the Senate would give local communities and regional planning commissions a stronger voice in siting renewable energy projects, which supporters of those projects say could slow or kill many of them.

Despite the hurdles, renewable energy advocates say the state is making progress. They note Vermont has the highest number of solar industry jobs per capita of any state.

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