Both energy developers and
the citizens who oppose their projects complain that the state’s regulatory
process is too burdensome. But both sides fundamentally
disagree about what’s wrong, and how to fix it.
As Vermont heads into the heating season, the state has launched
a major change in how it helps people who heat with wood. For the first time, the fuel
assistance program is making benefits directly to people on electronic debit
Castleton’s Planning Commission is
working on changes to ridgeline zoning regulations. The commission says there’s widespread
agreement that commercial development shouldn’t be permitted on at least 20 peaks.
Gov. Peter Shumlin has named
a new commission to consider ways to improve how energy projects are sited and
approved in Vermont. The governor’s executive
order follows increasingly contentious debate over large-scale wind projects.
Montpelier’s City Council has approved a plan to upgrade and expand a state operated wood-fired heating system for downtown buildings, reversing its decision last week to kill the project due to financial concerns.
In Montpelier, the city’s energy committee next Tuesday will host
its first so-called "Energy Challenge Town Meeting." The city says the goal is to help residents get ready for winter by
giving them information about home energy audits and weatherization measures.