Vermont Enacts Renewable Energy Law

On June 4th, 2010 Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed H. 781, “An Act Relating to Renewable Energy.”  H.781 simplifies the process for permitting renewable energy projects without changing environmental standards and reforms the existing business solar tax incentive to strengthen the state’s commitment to renewable electricity.  The changes to the business solar tax incentive include defining the available funding from the Clean Energy Development Fund and relaxing project deadlines to ease pressure on state regulators.  The bill also removes the size limit on the definition of “renewable” for hydroelectric generation; this change is meant to solidify a relationship between Vermont and Hydro Quebec.  

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