Activists filled the State House to demand a ban on industrial wind projects in Vermont and to restore local control over renewable energy project siting throughout the state.
Senator John Rodgers (D-Essex/Orleans), flanked by two dozen fellow legislators from both the House and Senate, announced introduction of legislation that would accomplish these goals. “It’s time,” he said to loud cheers, “that industrial wind goes the way of the billboard, and is banned in Vermont.”
Don Chioffi, a select board member from Rutland Town, spoke for a growing coalition of local communities demanding that control over renewable energy sitings be restored to local communities. “We want the lands of our state back. Town by town. We don’t want deference, we don’t want consideration, due or otherwise. What we want is standing. We want local and regional planning documents to control land use decisions within a municipality. No more, no less,” he said.
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