Senate advances renewable energy bill

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The Vermont Senate has advanced a bill that would allow cities and towns to help property owners finance renewable energy and efficiency improvements.

The bill encourages cities and towns to set up programs under which property owners could install wind, solar and other energy projects and pay them off over 20 years with payments to the municipality.

The measure got preliminary approval in the Senate on a 25-3 roll call vote and will be up for final action Thursday. It then would move to the House.

A House committee also spent Wednesday working on renewable energy, drafting a bill that would have the state’s utilities pay set prices for various types of renewable energy.

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