Senators have removed a
proposed moratorium from legislation regulating large-scale wind projects. But the bill would now
require that wind developments be judged under the full criteria of Act 250. Both sides of the wind debate
are disappointed in the latest version.
Utility officials and
efficiency experts have outlined a $21 million plan to help Vermonters use less
energy to heat and light their homes. The money comes from the
merger last year of the state’s two largest utilities.
Critics of Governor Peter
Shumlin’s plans for a single payer health system charge his administration
studied how to pay for it, but then halted the work. The group Vermonters for
Health Care Freedom alleges the administration looked at a financing plan based
on new taxes but then stopped because of political concerns.
The Shumlin Administration
and legislative leaders have proposed a new public-private loan program to
boost energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Clean Energy Loan Fund
would consolidate existing state energy loan programs and increase private
capital directed toward energy projects.
Under a bill gaining support
in the Statehouse, Vermont could be the first state in the nation to require
labels on products made with genetically modified crops. Lawmakers are now trying to craft
the measure so it can withstand an expected court challenge.
The head of a regional oil pipeline
company says he’s looking for new projects, including using the line to carry
controversial tar sands oil across northern New England.
The Legislature is reviewing
the pipeline issue amid national protests against a project that would carry tar
sands oil from western Canada to the Gulf