Wind project moratorium fails in House

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The Vermont House has defeated a proposal to place a 15-month moratorium on the development of energy-producing wind turbines on the state’s ridgelines.

Some lawmakers say there has been too little debate about the public policies surrounding construction of windmills at elevations of 2,500 feet and higher. They argue that taking another year for additional study and debate would give the public enough time to figure out whether the generators would be appropriate in the mountains.

Opponents respond that there already are forums for determining where and whether electricity generating projects should be built. They say the Public Service Board should be allowed to do its job.

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