Vermont 'net metering' bill looks in good shape

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MONTPELIER (AP) - The chairman of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee says he's hopeful it will be smooth sailing for a bill that could nearly quadruple the amount of renewable energy the state gets from utility customers who use "net metering."

That's the term used to describe customers generating their own solar or other renewable power and sending some of it back onto the power grid.

House committee Chairman Tony Klein, an East Montpelier Democrat, says he's hopeful Senate changes to a bill passed earlier by the House will be accepted by his House colleagues so the measure can be sent quickly to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

The bill lifts the cap on net metered power utilities can take from its current 4 percent of their peak load to 10 percent.


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