House expected to vote on energy bill on Wednesday

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A bill to help Vermonters save energy and money on heating their homes and other buildings is expected to be up for action in the House tomorrow.

This year’s version of the energy bill differs from a version vetoed by Gov. Jim Douglas last year in how it is funded and in how the hoped for energy-savings will be implemented.

Last year’s bill was going to be funded with a new tax on the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant — something that Douglas labeled unfair.

This year’s bill is funded with money from two New England-wide energy funds — the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and a fund designed to encourage future electrical generation or conservation that is administered by the regional dispatch agency ISO-New England.

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