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H.822

Introduced by   Representatives Hube of Londonderry, Peaslee of Guildhall and Rodgers of Glover

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; wind moratorium

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to authorize expenditures from the municipal and regional planning fund to finance the costs of representing a municipality in response to a proposal to site a wind turbine.  It establishes a moratorium on the authorization of wind turbine construction to run until 12 months elapse after the commencement of the operation of wind facilities in East Haven.

AN ACT RELATING TO TOWN REPRESENTATION REGARDING WIND TURBINES AND ESTABLISHING A MORATORIUM ON AUTHORIZATION OF WIND TURBINE CONSTRUCTION

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  24 V.S.A. § 4306(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Funds allocated to municipalities shall be used for the purposes of:

(1)  funding the regional planning commission in undertaking capacity studies;

(2)  carrying out the provisions of subchapters 5 through 10 of this chapter; and

(3)  acquiring development rights, conservation easements, or title to those lands, areas, and strictures identified in either regional or municipal plans as requiring special consideration for provision of needed housing, aquifer protection, open space, farmland preservation, or other conservation purposes; and

(4)  costs of representing a municipality in response to a proposal to site a wind turbine.

Sec. 2.  MORATORIUM ON WIND TURBINE DEVELOPMENT

The general assembly hereby determines that it is in the state’s interest to allow additional time for evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages to the state from the further development of commercial wind turbines within the state for the generation of electric energy.  Accordingly, the public service board may not issue a certificate of public good under 30 V.S.A. § 248 for a wind turbine located within the state until 12 months have elapsed since the wind facility in East Haven has commenced operation, as authorized under that chapter.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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