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Legislative Proposals 2009-2010

  • H.0045 - CEDF Support of Geothermal Energy: Would clarify that the clean energy development fund may be used to support projects involving the development and use of geothermal energy, regardless of whether they involve the generation of electricity.
  • H.0059 - Outdoor Wood Boilers: Would exempt outdoor wood-fired boilers from emission limits if they are located 1,000 feet or more from neighboring properties.
  • H.0097 - Motor Vehicle Idling: Would prohibit a motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds from idling while the motor vehicle is stopped for a period of time in excess of five consecutive minutes in any 60-minute period unless otherwise exempted under rules adopted by the department of motor vehicles.
  • H.0130 - Mitigation versus Denial of Renewable Energy projects for environmental impacts: Would provide that, instead of denial, permitting authorities must require appropriate mitigation of impacts to flora, fauna, and habitat from new renewable energy projects sited in Vermont until such time as those projects reach a total capacity equal to 20 percent of Vermont’s peak demand.
  • H.0139 - Green Growth Zones: allow municipalities to establish green growth zones, in which power will be generated by a renewable energy source and supplied to housing or commercial enterprises within the zone at discounted rates.
  • H.0145 - Composting (enacted into law)
  • H.0152 - Encouraging Biomass Energy Production ( enacted into law)
  • H.0161 - Clean Energy Assessment Districts (incorporated into H.0466/Act 45 of 2009)
  • H.0284 - Diesel Fuel and Gasoline Surcharge: Would levy a surcharge of three percent of the wholesale price of gasoline and diesel purchased or used in this state, provided the wholesale price does not exceed $3.50 per gallon.
  • H.0292 Property Tax Exemption for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements:  Would provide a property tax exemption for the value added to property on which the owner makes energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements.
  • H.0316 - Efficiency Standards for Specified Appliances: Would provide for adoption of efficiency standards to apply to the retail sale of various appliances and to establish dates by which each of these standards takes effect.
  • H.0446 - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (enacted into law)
  • H.0541 - Green Automobile Insurance: would require auto insurers to offer a usage-based auto insurance program based on miles driven
  • H.0549 - Reduced Sulfur/Increased Biodiesel in Heating Oil:  Would mandate low-sulfur (<=15ppm) for heating oil by 7/1/2011, and increasing percentage of biofuel in heating oil (3% by 7/1/2011, 5% by 7/1/2013), in conjunction with similar regulations in neighboring states.
  • H.614 – Composting: Proposes to amend the definition of development under Act 250 to exclude certain types of composting activity
  • H.781 – Renewable Energy:  Proposes to allow renewable energy plants installed by the military department or National Guard to qualify for net metering if the plant capacity is 2.2 MWor less; to provide that agricultural methane or “cow power” electricity generation plants in existence as of September 30, 2009, shall be eligible for a standard offer under the public service board’s SPEED program; to require the public service board to apply existing simplified permit review and interconnection procedures for net metering systems of 150 kilowatts capacity or less to all renewable energy plants that are at or under that capacity; to require the public service board to develop simplified permit review and interconnection procedures for all renewable energy plants that range from 150 kilowatts through 2.2 megawatts in capacity; to extend the business solar tax credit for investments made for solar plants of 2.2 megawatts capacity or less that file complete petitions for certificates of public good on or before July 15, 2010; to provide that hydroelectric energy generation of any capacity is considered renewable energy; to conform the state’s minimum efficiency standard for medium voltage distribution transformers to federal requirements; to provide that the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation shall finally adopt and put into effect by February 1, 2011, alternative stormwater measures for high elevation renewable energy projects; and to provide that appeals of environmental and municipal permits for a renewable energy plant shall be to the public service board instead of the environmental court, with the option to be consolidated with that board’s review of the plant under 30 V.S.A. § 248.
  • S.0190 - General Permit for Certification of Hydroelectric Projects: Would create a general permit for <=5mW run-of-river hydroelectric projects, which would streamline the permitting process.
  • S.0197 Renewable Energy Property Tax Assessments: clarify that the obligations of a purchaser under a standard offer contract are obligations of the electric utilities; establish a standardized statewide property tax assessment for renewable energy projects; allow the Vermont renewable energy tax credit to be taken in conjunction with federal stimulus grants; allow the Vermont renewable energy tax credit to be taken by banks against the bank franchise tax; and to allow for the Vermont renewable energy tax credit to be transferred to a third party.
  • S.0201Recycled Content in Plastic Packaging : Would prohibit the retail sale of a product in a plastic container unless the container is composed of at least 25% recycled material or is capable of being recycled in Vermont.
  • S.0203 - Sales and Use Tax on Geothermal Energy Generators: Would provide an exemption from the sales and use tax for tangible personal property incorporated into a geothermal energy system.
  • S.0219 - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects in Vermont: Would direct the Vermont Economic Development Authority to provide grants and loans to Vermont renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in collaboration with the Clean Renewable Energy Board (CREB); and would direct the CREB to work with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to develop other funding sources for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Vermont.
  • S.0191 Initial Block of Free Electric Power: Would require that each retail electric utility offer an initial block of kilowatt hours (200) to ratepayers for free, and that the public service board adjust the rates for electricity used above that initial block in a manner that provides the utility has the opportunity to recover its cost of service.
  • S.0231 Coordination and consistency in land use and energy planning and regulation and to portfolio and siting review of electric facilities:  Would provide, with respect to land use activities that affect energy and electric use, for coordination and consistent standards among entities engaging in state and local land use and energy planning and regulation, including Act 250, local planning and zoning, and the public service board.
  • S.0234 Regulation of motor vehicle emissions:  Would authorize the automatic adoption by Vermont of amendments to the California motor vehicle emissions standards; provide tax incentives (min $2.5K max $5K for the purchase or lease of a new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle; and would require the agency of natural resources to establish a committee to examine incentives to encourage the placement of battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Vermont.



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