advocates would like to see Vermont towns go back to
the renewable energy future by relying more heavily on hydroelectricity. They
say a bill to simplify the permit process that’s pending on Governor Peter
Shumlin’s desk would make that more likely, but skeptics say hydro is still too
inefficient and expensive.
advocates are touting a bill that was approved by the Legislature and is now
heading to the governor’s desk. The
measure would expedite permitting for small-scale hydro-electric projects.
Vermont could be host to a major new transmission line
to carry power from Canada to southern New England. Officials
from the region and eastern Canadian provinces say they want a
study to identify the best route for the line.
Proposals to make hydro-electric power at the West River dams in Townshend and Jamaica have been approved by
the state. But now time is running out for incentive
programs that supporters say the project needs to succeed. So developers and others want the federal hydro-licensing agency to pick
up its pace.