Roll Call – Senate Balks at Industrial Wind Moratorium, 16-14,2013


in the State Senate on March 26, 2013 by a vote of 


Purpose: S.30 began by proposing a three year moratorium on industrial wind projects in Vermont. By the time it reached the full senate S.30 had been watered down to making renewable energy projects greater than 2.2 megawats comply with the Act 250 process — and only for just one year. The Zuckerman Amendment gutted the bill even further, removing the Act 250 compliance requirement, essentially turning S.30 into a “study” bill. (Read the Bill)

Analysis: No version of this bill directly addressed the genuinely offensive aspect of renewable energy projects in Vermont, the massive government subsidies, without which they would not be economically viable: mandated utility purchase of wind-produced energy, ratepayer-financed feed-in tariff preferences, accelerated depreciation, investment tax credit, and the sale of renewable energy credits. Nevertheless, anything that might stop or slow the pace of these projects would provide some measure of indirect protection for ratepayers and taxpayers. Those voting YES on this amendment voted to keep the subsidy spigot open and flowing full blast, and to maintain the status of “renewable energy” as a special, politically protected category of enterprise.

Senate Journal, Tuesday, March 26, 2013. “Senator Zuckerman moved to strike out Secs. 6, 7, 8, and 11 subdivision (2) of the bill…” which was adopted 16-14, (Read the Journal)

Related News Story: “Campbell delays S.30 vote until Tuesday, citing Wolfe’s threat….”

Following adoption of the Zuckerman amendment, the Senate passed the full bill on a vote of 24-6.

How They Voted

Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – NO
Donald Collins (D-Franklin) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
Sally Fox (D-Chittenden) – YES
Eldred French (D-Rutland) – NO
Peter Galbraith (D-Windham) – NO
Robert Hartwell (D-Bennington) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – NO
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – NO
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – NO
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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