Legislative leaders to address energy issue again

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After their efforts went down in a political defeat last session, legislative leaders are preparing to pass energy-efficiency legislation next year.

They are hiring energy consultants to come up with a way to help Vermonters reduce their energy bills and how to pay for it.

Regulatory Assistance Project, which has an office in Montpelier, is expected to report back to the Legislature by January.

Last session, the Legislature passed a bill that would have expanded Efficiency Vermont to include all types of fuels, not just electricity.

The governor vetoed the bill, saying he was opposed to an increased tax on the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to pay for it.


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