Roll Call! Senate Votes Against Giving Towns “Substantial Deference” When Siting Renewable Power Facilities (10-19), 2015

Roll Call Graphic.
FAILED
in the State Senate on May 15, 2015 by a vote of
10-19 

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Purpose: To give “substantial deference” to local municipal conservation planning when considering the siting of a renewable energy generating facility.
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Analysis: The full amendment reads: “With respect to a wind electric generation facility, substantial deference shall be given to the land conservation measures contained in the plan of any affected municipality or in the regional plan. In this subdivision (C), “substantial deference” means that a land conservation measure shall be applied in accordance with its terms unless there is a clear and convincing demonstration that it lacks a rational basis or that other factors affecting the general good of the State outweigh application of the measure.
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Those voting YES gave deference to local community planning in regard to siting renewable energy facilities, as well as giving weight to the values of “conservation” when conservation comes into conflict with the expansion of renewable energy generation.
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Those voting NO supported giving towns no official power when determining siting of renewable energy projects, and to prioritize renewable energy development over conservation.
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Senate Journal, Friday, May 15, 2015. “Senator Campbell having demanded the yeas and nays, they were taken and are as follows: [Yeas 10, Nays 19].” (Read the Journal, p. 1904-1905)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – NO
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – NO
Becca Balint (D-Windham) –  NO
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – NO
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – NO
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – NO
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – NO
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) – YES
William Doyle (R-Washington) – NO
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – YES
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – NO
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – NO
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – ABSENT
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – NO
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – NO
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – NO
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – NO
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – NO
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – NO

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