Introduced by Representatives Peaslee of Guildhall, Hube of Londonderry, Obuchowski of Rockingham and Rodgers of Glover
Subject: Conservation; Act 250; public service; wind turbine
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require that industrial wind turbine construction be subject to regulation under Act 250, as well as regulation by the public service board under Title 30. An industrial wind turbine is defined as a turbine that has a capacity of greater than 15 kilowatts (AC) and is not a farm system.
AN ACT RELATING TO REGULATING INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINE CONSTRUCTION UNDER ACT 250
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 10 V.S.A. § 6001(3) is amended to read:
(3)(A) “Development” means:
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(ix) The construction of improvements involving an industrial wind turbine, independent of the acreage involved.
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(D) The word “development” does not include:
(i) The construction of improvements for farming, logging, or forestry purposes below the elevation of 2,500 feet.
The Except as
otherwise provided under subdivision (3)(A)(ix) of this section, the construction
of improvements for an electric generation or transmission facility that
requires a certificate of public good under section 30 V.S.A. § 248
or a natural gas facility as defined in subdivision 30 V.S.A. § 248(a)(3).
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Sec. 2. 10 V.S.A. § 6001(30) is added to read:
(30) “Industrial wind turbine” means a wind turbine that has a capacity of greater than 15 kilowatts (AC) and is not a farm system.
The Vermont General Assembly
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