The Republican candidate for governor of Vermont is looking to make a campaign issue out of a demand for $21 million in refunds for customers of Vermont’s largest power company.
Central Vermont Public Service is waiting to be bought by the Canadian company that owns Green Mountain Power. Sen. Randy Brock and some other lawmakers have been pushing for $21 million to be returned to customers who paid extra to get CVPS out of financial trouble a decade ago.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and his administration are supporting the utilities’ plan to put $21 million into weatherization and energy efficiency.
Brock has set up an online petition for people who want to join the call for refunds or bill credits instead.